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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Today I will leave you with this...

The Dramatic Rise of Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents: Is It Connected to the Decline in Play and Rise in Schooling?

It is from this blog called Freedom to Learn

"Rates of depression and anxiety among young people in America have been increasing steadily for the past fifty to seventy years. Today five to eight times as many high school and college students meet the criteria for diagnosis of major depression and/or an anxiety disorder as was true half a century or more ago. This increased psychopathology is not the result of changed diagnostic criteria; it holds even when the measures and criteria are constant."

and later in the article...

"Anyone who looks honestly at the experiences of students at Sudbury model democratic schools and of unschoolers--where freedom, play, and self-directed exploration prevail--knows that there is another way. We don't need to drive kids crazy to educate them. Given freedom and opportunity, without coercion, young people educate themselves. They do so joyfully, and in the process they develop intrinsic values, personal self-control, and emotional wellbeing. That's the overriding message of the whole series of essays in this blog. It's time for society to take an honest look."

2 comments:

Arabella said...

Yes, but regular homeschoolers who hit the books every day aren't prone to depression, either. They don't have the social pressures and academic pressures of school kids, just like unschoolers. I marvel at how well-balanced my teenage daughter is, as compared to how I was at her age. And you know that I force my children to do a little book schooling--not a lot--just the basics.

Jenny Cyphers said...

Right Jill, I think most homeschoolers are much less stressful all around. That's been my experience anyway. Although, there are some that are probably worse than school, put more pressure than is necessary, and the kids have nowhere to go to get away.

They author is a psychologist. He came to these discoveries from his observations. I love that there are people out there, professionals, who aren't spouting the same old same old stuff. I've read his entire blog, it's good stuff!