What Are The Effects Of Stress On High School Students Essay

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Stressed out High Schoolers
How Stress is Impacting Students ' Ability to Learn
High school students at one point in their life will experience some sort of mental and/or emotional stress. Stress could be induced from family issues, the demands of school life, or the results of friends, bullying, or dating. These stressful events hinder the student 's ability to learn. John Taylor Gatto, in his article “Against School”, points to several functions that the schools are to achieve, that have the potential to interfere with teaching moments. Schools are not doing enough to take care of their student 's emotional health during times of stress, inhibiting the student 's ability to learn.
Firstly, Gatto points to the integrating function which forces
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Still some students suffer from personal ailments of illnesses beyond their control. Even some students have suffered of loss over family members or close friends. No one is immune to any one of these or know someone with one of these life issues, yet all of them are forced to assimilate into the high school life. They are thrust into classrooms, with rules and responsibilities, no matter what their backgrounds are or may develop. The school function of integration is pushed just so teachers can get through their lesson material without distractions in the class. Yet every one of the students are different, every one of them with personal issues they may be struggling with, without answers or guidance. While some students are bold enough to put their issues aside for the sake of learning, others get stuck within themselves and feel they cannot get free. These students feel school learning is unimportant compared to their personal surrounding issues. While the need for students to integrate to school life is important, they need to be reassured that their life issues are not irrelevant. To break students

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