- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Developmental Empathy Llc (January 20, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0578183196
- ISBN-13: 978-0578183190
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
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At What Cost?: Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools Paperback – January 20, 2017
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Summarizing the latest science in adolescent brain development, including the need for adequate sleep, Dr. Gleason provides compelling evidence that anxiety, depression, substance abuse and other self-destructive behaviors result from the overscheduled and overpressured lives of such students; and that institutional behaviors and resistance to change contribute to the unhealthy environment of highly pressured schools. From his interviews and workshops at such schools around the world, Dr. Gleason provides new ways for schools and parents to think of the conundrum he describes thus: “We have put the educational cart before the developmental horse and, in so doing, have lost sight of key aspects of our most important responsibility: to foster our teenagers’ healthy growth and development, which includes their sound and balanced education.”
Dr. Gleason’s advice to become proactive in helping our teenagers prevent stress-related problems, rather than reactive in treating these problems, is valuable for all parents and educators. I wish I had known that empathy, rather than sympathy, would have helped equip me to usher my children through their overwhelming high-school years. With support from the burgeoning field of neuroscience, Dr. Gleason prods us to make deliberate changes that will provide support for our vulnerable adolescents. Any parent considering the world of private schools will benefit from reading At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools.