As students settle into their back-to-school routines, we will discuss The Hurried Child by David Elkind, Professor Emeritus of Child Development at Tufts University. The book calls attention to the dangers of hurrying children and overwhelming them with pressures and expectations that can lead to a wide range of crises later on in their lives. Some sections of the book include 'The Dynamics of Hurrying' (by parents, schools and the media), 'Peer-Group Parent-Pressure,' 'The Kindergarten Crisis,' and 'Lapware, Brain Research, and the Internet.' After the discussion, the film, Race to Nowhere will be shown. Directed by a parent whose then 12 year-old daughter developed emotional and physical health issues due to school stress, Race to Nowhere is a must-see film that challenges parents and educators to work together to help students build success without pressure.
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