Applying for college is increasingly nerve-racking as more and more students compete for a limited number of admissions to the best schools. Add to that the pressure cooker of high-stakes standardized testing, with teachers' jobs and school funding on the line, and the result is an epidemic of stressed out students, with elevated rates of cheating, abuse of "study drugs", and sleep-deprived high schoolers taking on a heavy load of extra-curricular commitments to beef-up their college applications.
The one-hour special Humankind: Stressed-Out Students, airing Sunday, August 18 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2, or Live Stream: http://interactive.wxxi.org/listen#amstream, examines the epidemic of high anxiety among secondary school students and probes the causes and effects of this stress. Hear from high school students, educators, and school counselors, as well as an Ohio Congressman who has emerged as a voice for improving the culture of our schools. In addition, this epsiode offers positive coping skills kids can learn -- and ideas on how to restructure school life to minimize stressful conditions.