Stressed Out in School?: Learning to Deal with Academic Pressure

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Too much homework? Too many tests? No time to relax? School stress affects many students, from first graders learning to read, to high schoolers applying to college. Stephanie Sammartino McPherson looks at the issues of homework, standardized testing, peer pressure, and alternative learning styles, and she describes methods kids can use to deal with the academic pressures they face.
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Overview

Too much homework? Too many tests? No time to relax? School stress affects many students, from first graders learning to read, to high schoolers applying to college. Stephanie Sammartino McPherson looks at the issues of homework, standardized testing, peer pressure, and alternative learning styles, and she describes methods kids can use to deal with the academic pressures they face.
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VOYA - Lauri J. Vaughan
The "Issues in Focus Today" series attempts to provide comprehensive but slim volumes on deeply serious issues confronting teens. To some extent, these three titles succeed. Stressed Out in School? covers anxiety brought on by issues such as heavy class loads, homework, and the college application process, and offers a brief chapter on antidotes. The Sexuality and Teens title includes chapters on behavior, birth control, pregnancy, STDs and educational programs. More Than the Blues? contains sections on symptoms, causes and treatments of depression. All titles offer a glossary, further reading and a list of internet links. Unfortunately, all three reviewed volumes fall flat. Information with any real depth is sorely lacking throughout, obviating the use of any title for research. Littered with hokey, posed and frequently poor quality photos, it is hard to believe that teens needing information for genuine problem-solving would be lured by these books. An image of a young girl wearing a backpack and looking over her shoulder is typical. The caption warns of the health risks of carrying too many books— a topic worthy of more depth. The image is crooked, however, and, worse yet, her backpack is decidedly unstuffed. Shoddy execution shows up far too often in the series. One wonders why, in a book that might try to dispel misconceptions about mental health, editors chose to enlarge and highlight a quote that states the majority belief that depression is a "personal weakness." The repetitive use of simple syntax and frequent overuse of the second person "you" reads like a pedantic turn-off. Libraries serving teens desperate for coverage on these worthy topics should not expect much—certainly not enough to warrant the price tags for such superficial coverage. Reviewer: Lauri J. Vaughan
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Stress mounts as children are pushed to learn from kindergarten to SATs. Some grade schools have even cut out recess. Moving to a new school, homework, and tests cause stress. The push for more homework began in the 1950s to compete with Russia. However, "Many educators and parents feel that education is about an individual's development—not about economic growth." Although homework causes too much stress for some, for others it stimulates greater learning. Tips for dealing with homework are provided. Tests given for "No Child Left Behind" and college entrance mean added stress. Advice is given to lessen stress while working with college entrance applications and exams. "Learning differences" is used rather than "learning disorders" to refer to dyslexia and other variations, which are explained. The author's mother, who was a teacher, is pictured and quoted. She believes that "children are the losers when teachers are forced to abdicate freedom and creativity." Chapter notes, glossary, lists for reading and Internet, and an index are included. This book is one of the "Issues in Focus Today" series. Teens may find some helpful ideas to deal with stress. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766030695
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Issues in Focus Today Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Chapter 1 Kids on the Fast Track 7

Chapter 2 School Daze? 13

Chapter 3 More Sources of Stress 23

Chapter 4 The Changing Face of Homework 32

Chapter 5 When Homework Gets You Down 38

Chapter 6 When the Government Gets Involved 48

Chapter 7 The College Game 61

Chapter 8 Negative Fallout from Stress 71

Chapter 9 Different Learning Styles 81

Chapter 10 Stress-Busters 89

Chapter Notes 95

Glossary 105

Further Reading 108

Internet Addresses 109

Index 110

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