A new Humankind documentary by DAVID FREUDBERG
Produced in association with WGBH/Boston
 
1 hour, available for audition now

(Available at the new Humankind Special: Stressed-Out Students page on Content Depot)

Applying for college is increasingly nerve-racking as more and more students compete for a limited number of admissions to the best schools. Add to that the pressure cooker of high-stakes standardized testing, with teachers' jobs and school funding on the line.

The result is an epidemic of stressed out students, with elevated rates of cheating, abuse of "study drugs", and sleep-deprived high schoolers, who take on a heavy load of extra-curricular commitments to beef-up their college applications.

This new one-hour special examines the level of stress experienced by many secondary school students in America. We probe the causes and effects. And we look at positive coping skills kids can learn -- and ideas on how to restructure school life to minimize stressful conditions.

Humankind
Broadcast rights open August 15, 2013
For more information, please contact:


David Freudberg
617-489-5130

dfreudberg@humanmedia.org


Denise Pope

PROF. DENISE POPE
Stanford Univ. Graduate School of Education, founder of Challenge Success, a nationwide program which advises schools on restructuring to reduce stress

Chertow-Okagaki

ELAZAR CHERTOW (L) with KENNY OKAGAKI
Juniors at a "high achieving" public school in SF, discuss heavy pressures on students today

Tim Ryan

CONGRESSMAN TIM RYAN (D-Ohio),
champions positive coping skills for students including Social and Emotional Learning and mindfulness

Carol ChaoHerring

CAROL CHAO HERRING,
social worker and wellness coordinator, Lowell High School, San Francisco