Schools should hand out diplomas, not disorders

High school students being dropped off at school.

This fall, nearly 55 million kids will report to elementary or secondary school, according to the U.S. Department of Education — an increase of 30,000 over last year. On Long Island, nearly 450,000 students in pre-K through 12th grade will report to class this school year.

Unfortunately, the journey from kindergarten to commencement is inflicting damage on kids. More than eight in 10 students report moderate to extreme stress, according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Psychological Association. And levels of teen anxiety and depression are skyrocketing.

Excerpt from Alan Shusterman’s comment in Newsday- Read more


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I am a retired psychologist now writing freelance . I have published Commonsense Wisdom for Everyday Life, Young Man of the Cloth, The Pastor's Inferno, Navigating Life: Commonsense Reflections for the Voyage, Release Your Stress and Reclaim Your Life, and Make the Best of Your Teen Years. I wrote a newspaper column in Batavia, NY for fourteen years. My articles are now available in my free newsletter, Sliding Otter News. Subscribe free at

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