At What Cost?

At What Cost?

In many high-achieving secondary schools across the US and all around the world, schools that were recently termed “epicenters of overachievement” [1] where students “hear the overriding message that only the best will do in grades, test scores, sports, art, college…in everything,” [2] too many students are being unfairly demanded of – itself, a kind of developmental indifference – and consequently, they feel overscheduled, overworked, and frequently overwhelmed. Regrettably, these conditions often lead to debilitating anxiety and depression, and to a host of dangerous manifestations of those conditions: substance abuse, eating disorders, sleep deprivation, cutting and other forms of self-injury, and too often, suicide.

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