Academic Pressure on Students

815 WordsFeb 16, 20183 Pages
These days teenagers are in a predicament. Although there are many students that succeed in school, many of those same students also have an immense difference from their underachieving classmates. Jerusha Conner, Denise Pope, and Mollie Galloway explain the difference in their studies: From 2006 to 2008, we gathered data from 3,645 students, attending seven high-performing high schools in the California Bay Area. These students appear to be exemplars. The vast majority (85 percent) reported a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and most (63 percent) reported that they often or always work hard in school. They value achievement and care about learning. In addition, 89 percent participate in an extracurricular activity after school, and most aspire to attend a four-year college. By most indicators, these are the kinds of students we would like our high schools to produce. A different story emerges, however, from our data. Many students reported feeling stressed out, overworked, and sleep deprived. They spoke of the tolls of stress on their mental and physical well-being and on their ability to learn academic material. As explained by their investigation, adolescents of today experience a lot of stress from their school performance. Whether it is from their parents, other family members, teachers, or administrators, a bulk of students are feeling the need to achieve excellence always. The family should be the ones to lovingly push the child in the right direction. However,
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