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March 3rd, 2011
09:49 AM ET

Are American kids under too much pressure?

Are American students under too much pressure? Between pressure to excel in class, on the athletic field and on standardized tests, many kids are feeling overstressed.

When Vicki Abeles recognized how much stress her own daughter was under, and after a girl in her community committed suicide, she decided to document what she was seeing. Abeles talks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about her new documentary, "Road to Nowhere".

Filed under: Education • U.S.
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  1. Thane

    Absolutely, Stephen. What the nation in general values is misdirected and misinforms our youth about what is really important. It ain't Sheen (although his insane ranting is somewhat cathartic, albeit pathetic) and it ain't the Oscars. Maybe the NEA should have a gigantic glitzy award ceremony for the Best Teacher/Classroom/Administrator/Lesson Plan/etc. in America.

    March 6, 2011 at 9:17 am |
  2. Stephen Lee

    The United States appears to stack-up pretty low by comparison to other countries around the world in academics; this is a fairly common piece of information as presented in many documentaries today. I believe the stress on US children in schools comes NOT from academics and extra-curricular activities alone, but when they are coupled with the less important but over-emphasized social expectations like fashion and the urge to be "in-the-know" about celebrity drama. Surely, people will keep up with the world around them, but when Charlie Sheen is clearly suffering from a lack of positive attention and then one million people are glued to their phones to be the first to read his mindless blathering and then re-Tweet it or Facebook it, those are one-million bored people.

    March 4, 2011 at 7:40 am |