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While America can boast high levels of educational attainment, recent research suggests we also have high levels of student stress. These stress levels come from many factors: high rates of poverty, family issues, unemployment, 24/7 media culture - the stress felt by many families is shared by their children. The article below documents what many of us see, children whose daily lives are filled with anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. Some have a trauma history. Some face violence on their walk to school. Some feel the pressure of parental expectation. All are impacted by the physical and emotional toll of stress.
What can we as parents, educators, and professionals do? Be aware and be there. Take time to listen between the lines to what a child says and doesn't say. Be aware of signs that stress is building: withdrawal, agitation, separation fears, crying easily, outbursts of anger. Learn about strategies to reduce anxiety - and there are many including guided relaxation, visualization, cognitive behavior therapies, even yoga. Parents can talk with their school counselor, school psychologist, or a therapist about concerns. School counselors and psychologists can provide a listening ear or invite students to participate in small groups to learn to deal with anxieties that are impacting school work. A therapist can provide more intensive services to children and families. Even with the focus on rigorous curriculum, teachers who take the time to address students' anxieties will see behavior and achievement improve. Our children deserve no less.
Study: American Students Have High Levels Of Education, But Stressful Lives