Jason Monk





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4 Things Holding Students Back

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There are a lot of technological advances happening in education. The new term Edtech has become the new catchphrase educators and tech developers alike. Psychology is refining the definition of learning as well. Nevertheless, all of these changes have also caused some negative effects on students.


An article in The Guardian, studies have shown that primary school children suffer from increased signs of anxiety and stress around the time of national exams. According to a survey of school leaders, students suffer from sleeplessness and panic attacks.


In another article posted by ABC in Australia, a new study has reported that university and TAFE students are reaching "alarming" levels. They reported that 35 percent of them experienced self-harm or suicidal thoughts in the past 12 months. The question is, what other things are plaguing students these days?


1. More High School Students Using Alcohol


The use of alcohol in high schools have been going on for generations. The reasons for using alcohol differ from generation to generation. At present, this is what students are up to.


  • Teens abuse alcohol more than drugs
  • Student alcohol abuse sends 200,000 of them to the ER
  • Around 4,300 kids under the age of 21 die from alcohol abuse
  • 68% of 12th graders have tried alcohol
  • 37.4% of 12th graders drank in the last month
  • 23.5% of 10th graders drank in the last month


Students who were surveyed had within a month:


  • 35% drank some alcohol
  • 21% binge drank
  • 22% rode in someone’s car who’d been drinking
  • 10% drove after drinking


2. More Teen Students Are Using "Study Drugs"


With the growing expectation of students to perform, some teenagers are turning to prescription drugs to boost their study capabilities. They're calling them "study drugs." Kids are calling them "magic pills," but these pills, if in the wrong hands, are very dangerous. The category these drugs fall under is cognitive enhancers called "nootropics." 

These nootropics are prescription stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin used to treat ADD and ADHD. If these drugs are used inappropriately, they can cause physical damage to the brain, difficulties in sleeping, panic attacks, mood swings, and even hallucinations, among many other symptoms. Despite the drug's dangerous effects, it is reported that one out of five teenagers uses these types of drugs to boost energy for those all night study sessions.


3. Heavy Study Loads Are Causing Students to Lose Sleep


William Dement, MD, PhD, founder of the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic, said, "I think high school is the real danger spot in terms of sleep deprivation. It’s a huge problem. What it means is that nobody performs at the level they could perform." Dement isn't just talking about in school either, but on the roadways, on the sports field or in terms of physical and emotional health as well.


Parents of middle school age children all the way to young teenagers in high school have a responsibility to be sure their children are getting enough rest. Whether it is purchasing the newest Amerisleep products or being sure they're not involved in too many activities before their study time is finished, the responsibility lies on the adults. That includes educators.


4. Bullying Is Getting Worse, Not Better


A new study out shows that half of the children who suffer from online bullying never report it. This is far different than the 90 percent who said they would report something upsetting they saw face-to-face. The newest survey of 10,000 school children in Britain was for children aged six to 18 and found that 52 percent wouldn't tell their parents about bad things that happened online. Most of these bad things include abuse or bullying from others.


It was reported by the Federal Centers for Disease Control that in 2015, suicide was the third-leading cause of death among 10 to 14-year-old school children. People are blaming the rise in social media usage by children as one of the primary causes. It is easier for kids who under normal circumstances would not be involved in physical bullying to sit behind a computer and taunt someone.

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