Got a kid who’s over-scheduled, stressed out, not sleeping enough, overloaded with homework? You’re not alone. Apparently,  many families are dealing with increasing stress related to the amount of work at school and the growing pressure for your son or daughter to get into a top college. Times are changing. College doesn’t feel like so much of an option anymore.

Watch this conversation between Katie Couric and the producer of the film. The two discuss the role academic pressure and global competitiveness play in shaping the overall lives of today’s American students. They also delve into the extreme pressures facing young people, including the often extreme measures these students take to face these challenges, including one 13-year-old who committed suicide after failing a test.

Also, read this recent EdNews Parent post that gives some tips on how to help your teen de-stress.

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