This article explains that when people view their stress response as their body rising to the challenge instead of them having trouble coping with the situation these people were more confident, less anxious, and more engaged. Also their blood vessels were not constricted like the people that experienced a regular stress response. This is healthier and can help people avoid the cardiovascular problems that go along with chronic stress (McGonigal). If teachers are able to convey this philosophy of stress to their students it would be a major step to decreasing stress in schools. It would even allow schools to keep their same curriculum and way of teaching because students would be able to handle the same stressful activities in a more confident, less anxious, and an even healthy way. This is proven by a study conducted by Harvard that showed that people that had large amounts of stress and viewed stress as harmful were 43% more likely to die while those that had large amounts of stress but didn't view stress and as harmful were no more likely to die than people with little stress. *** McGonigal, Kelly. “How to Make Stress Your Friend | Kelly McGonigal.” Uploaded by TED, YouTube, 4 Sept. 2013, www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcGyVTAoXEU.
This article explains that today students are more stressed than ever and teachers need to change their style of teaching as "it is clear that a leadership style that integrates collaboration, social connection, and mindful attention to current challenges offers the best opportunity for moving toward and sustaining a culture of resilience" (Keating) which is a culture that helps students work through stress at school. To create a better functioning school system teachers must be connecting with troubled students through similar interests or hobbies and nurturing the student. Also teachers must be mindful of their lesson plans and make sure they are avoiding anything that is unnecessarily stressful. Lastly teachers must make sure the class is working together and a safe and friendly environment is being created. *** Keating, Daniel P. “Dealing with Stress at School in an Age of Anxiety.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 15 Aug. 2017, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/stressful-lives/201708/dealing-stress-school-in-age-anxiety.
Michaela Horn is a stressed high school student who sent out a survey on the reasons for students' stress and found out that "many of the students... were more willing to share with their peers than with their parents, therapists, or counselors... there is so much more young people are not telling and sharing" (Horn). Horn says to decrease stress schools need to create a culture of communication not just between teachers and students but between students and all adults, especially between students and their parents. There are many people already that can help these students with their stress, but therapists, teachers, and counselors can't do anything because they are unaware of the problem. To conquer student stress schools need to convince students to use their resources. *** Horn, Michaela “Teen Stress from a Teen Perspective | Michaela Horn | TEDxNaperville.” Uploaded by TEDx Talks, YouTube, 13 Dec. 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhG-VoRtkKY.
This infographic explains that the Finnish school system leads the nations in test scores that assess students' knowledge of the core subjects. The school system is so successful because teachers must have a masters degree, students are more focused at school because they have less homework than in other countries, and students get more individual instruction (OnlineClasses.org). The source shows that the reason for the success of the Finnish school system is because the country has invested in their schools with highly educated teachers and many teachers so students can have lots of individual learning. To stop the stress epidemic in American schools the American school system must model after Finland and invest in school. This would be done by hiring highly qualified teachers and counselors to help students with stress and to give students more individual attention to alleviate stress. *** “There's No Homework in Finland.” Literacy Teaching and Teacher Education, OnlineClasses.org, 14 Oct. 2014, literacyteaching.net/2014/10/14/an-infographic-of-finlands-education-system/.
This article explains that there are many simple healthy routines people can follow to help cope with stress in their lives, these include creating a schedule for homework, eating healthy, and exercising regularly (Dingwell and Streissguth). These are just a few of the many healthy strategies students can use to cope with stress in their lives. Dingwell and Streissguth show that to create a more effective school system teachers need to be teaching these strategies to students and testing how well they are using the strategies. Specifically, budgeting time, healthy eating, and regular exercise need to be points stressed and tested on in schools. *** Dingwell, Heath, and Tom Streissguth. “Stress in School.” The Truth About Stress Management, Facts On File, 2011. Health Reference Center, online.infobase.com/Auth/Index?aid=20221&itemid=WE48&articleId=387545.
This source explains that "the current model of the stress response suggests that stress can be interrupted in three ways: Change the stressor or stress-promoting event, change thoughts that give meaning to a stressor and evoke an emotional response, and change physiological responses to a stressor" (Ronzio). I feel that this quote means stress can be handled by finding a way to change what is causing the stress, by putting the stressful event in perspective, and by viewing stress as beneficial and not as the enemy. Today there are already many effective philosophies and strategies for doing these things. Ronzio shows that stress can be tackled in many different ways with many different organizations. To create a more effective school system teachers need to emphasize that stress is something that all students can overcome and then let the students handle stress how they would like. Whether students handle stress through religion, through better time management, by more exercise, or by another healthy strategy is up to them. *** Ronzio, Robert. “Stress and Stress Management.” The Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Good Health, Third Edition, Facts On File, 2017. Health Reference Center, online.infobase.com/Auth/Index?aid=&itemid=&articleId=98834.