Drowning. The feeling of constantly being dragged down by the work, the tests, the quizzes, the participation. The stress is overwhelming, leaving students in fear and panic. Unfortunately, teachers keep piling on the work and parents feel no sympathy for their children. What the older parties do not understand is that students today are under more stress while growing up: the need to fit in, the need to please parents and teachers, and the need to perform well on standardized tests for graduation.
The overborne stress begins in ninth grade with questions from teachers and parents about grades and colleges. This applies so much pressure and takes away the joy of learning. Is giving students so much work and stressing them out really helping them?
The hours of work pile up, leaving little time to do things that make students feel happy. According to Olivia Newland, a freshman student at DHS, the high school workload has her feeling overwhelmed. “I feel as if we could try to have a break sometimes from the overload of work and relax for a bit to regroup when going through a stressful time.” As the intensity of the work increases, students’ happiness decreases. Society thinks they are young and have nothing to worry about, but in reality they’re scared that they will not be able to achieve the goals set out for them. The work is getting tougher, homework is surmounting, and student anxiety is increasing.”Le Moyne is one of the many colleges across the country experiencing an increase in anxiety and depression cases among students,”according to The Dolphin.
Many teachers assume that students are never busy, giving them work to complete on the weekends or during holiday breaks. That’s when the hard working parties are supposed to enjoy time with family and friends, but school work comes in once again and consumes our weekends. Jaelee Sinia, a ninth grader at DHS, says “I do believe that the workload and tests can become too much for students, like if you aren’t given enough time to study and prepare for the test.” A student should be able to to enjoy their time on weekends and holidays, without the added stress of homework assignments, projects, or studying for major tests.
Anxiety. It’s like not being able to breathe and feeling a tremendous sense of consuming panic. Being called on in class is the scariest thing that increases a student’s feeling of anxiety. Teachers have a tendency to put students on the spot in class, expecting to get an answer from the student right away. Teachers need to be aware that anxiety is real and it affects students who have the disorder. “Teachers should take note of these issues. Just because they can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there,”says Jaelee Sinia, freshman at DHS. Having anxiety is the constant fear of being wrong, compounded with the fear that when someone talks or laughs it’s about you. So when getting called on in class, students with anxiety, panic.
Should class participation be counted as a grade? Jordyn Jones, freshman at DHS, doesn’t believe so. “I think that they shouldn’t count as a grade because it’s hard for a lot of people to get up and present to a group of people, and when the time comes to do so and they don’t want to, they get a zero, which is unfair. It’s like doing the mile run for gym, you pretty much get graded on how fast you run, which is unfair because some people are more active and have a higher metabolism than others.” Is it really worth giving students numerous panic attacks just because of a presentation?
The workload in class, as well as homework assignments, needs to lessen. Students have an active life and they deserve to live it, but with the increases of stress caused by school, how could they? Although teachers are preparing students for college, they also need to take into consideration a student’s anxieties within their instruction. There is a problem with our education system because anxiety is on the rise amongst teenagers. It is mandatory for students to be taught how to deal with the stresses they face.