I thought these six suggestions of Mr. Nielsen were great common sense.
Here are a few simple suggestions to ameliorate the situation:
- Allow kids more rest. Studies show that teen brains need more sleep than they are getting. Starting school even one hour later makes a difference.
- Focus more on in-class instruction, rather than homework.
- Prioritize quality over volume.
- Decrease the weight of test scores.
- Individualize students’ educational experiences based on their abilities.
- Re-evaluate as a culture our criteria for human success.
First Things, Nathan Nielsen: America is all too content with its carnage. Especially the subtler kinds. Especially the carnage inside. A deep, hard-to-pinpoint angst saps and drains the morale of our children: It is the quiet carnage of the cult of success. Read more here.