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Teachers Are the Reason So Many Teens Are Stressed ‘All the Time'

February 21, 2018

School Choice Weekly #210

Being an adult is stressful, but being a kid should be fun – a time of innocence, freedom, and few worries. That’s not the case for many kids these days, however:

In a recent poll that asked tens of thousands of high school students how often they feel stressed, nearly 45% said “all the time,” citing relationships and teachers as the primary reasons why. “How often are you stressed,” was one of the four questions asked in the stress and mental health awareness poll hosted by the social network After School.

When asked what resources they use to help manage their stress, teens responded that online apps and resources were their most likely source of help (44.04%), while only 2.54% utilize resources made available by the school. 

The poll, created to raise teens’ awareness of mental health issues and available resources, was developed as part of After School’s annual Social Media Safety in Schools conference.  The event, held January 17 in San Francisco, brought together 50 students, mental health experts, and social media company representatives to explore ways to use technology to help reduce suicide rates and improve teen mental health.

Wouldn’t it be nice if these kids had some educational options other than their local, ZIP code-mandated government schools with their stress-inducing teachers? They could, if many of those same teachers didn’t care more about themselves and their paychecks than they do about the kids’ well-being.



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Teresa Mull is a policy advisor for education at The Heartland Institute. @SchoolReform

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