In Focus

Simply A-Polling

GARRETT WALKER

IN FOCUS EDITOR

   Stress. Though just a one-syllable word, it has far-reaching implications. In recent years, parents have worried about Pinewood’s workload. Do parents make the issue out to be bigger than it really is? Or do students really have too much on
their plate?

   To find out, The Panther Prints sent a survey to 12 Pinewood students and their parents. We asked them to rate the importance of academics, social interaction, athletics, and other extracurriculars out of 10. We also asked them about stress and whether they believed that students had too
much homework.

   On average, parents rated their children’s level of stress at 5.33 out of 10, while the students on average rated their stress level at 7.33 out of 10. This two point difference shows that parents’ concerns are not only justified — they are not worried enough.

   Similarly, 33% of parents believed that their kids had too much homework, while 50% of the kids felt they had too much. However, parents and students generally agreed on the importance of academics
and extracurriculars.

   In order to gauge students’ stress, it’s important to understand this discrepancy first. Since students don’t communicate their stress, many parents don’t know about it. It’s important to open a discussion about stress that involves everyone in the Pinewood community. After all, the first step to solving a problem is acknowledging that there is one.

 

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