I chose this book because I wanted to read a non-fiction novel that I could relate to. It's been a while since I've truly liked a book that a teacher assigned me to read. While I was somewhat bitter about my overworked, high-achieving high school student having to read 400+ page book about how high-achieving high school students are overworked on top of everything else he has to do, I did enjoy it. Overall, Robbins points out increasingly detrimental flaws in our current education system, such as turning students into data and burdening them with potentially fatal workloads. She actually became close with her subjects which was very interesting and something I have never seen before. You have to be the most athletic, you have to be able to have the most fun, you have to be the prettiest, the best dressed, the nicest, the most wanted. I started skimming and skipping to the researched sections.
Intense educational efforts are being made to give the youngest children an early start at becoming geniuses and some of these in utero efforts are even being considered potentially harmful to the developing fetus. She pans wide to include overachievers across the country; they talk about college. In this book, the author returns to her own high school Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland to follow nine students dealing with the competitive pressures of making the transition from high school to college. Other overachievers compete to maintain a meticulous academic record in order to be accepted into a prestigious university. I originally wrote this review in one of my own blogs over a year ago. Alexandra's Robbins work is exciting and captivating.
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 10 January, 2007. And she just might be right about changing high school start time. I hope it gives him some perspective. The whole overachieving system, according to Robbins, originates from the ambitions of people to come out at the top; for people to be recognized publicly as the number one in whatever they encounter. Each student invests hours of his or her personal time studying for each test, which slowly wears away at the character's sanity as they try to make room for a social life as well. Murphy, ends in social services being called on his mother as a threat to loosen up on Frank and his brother. The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids is a book I would definitely recommend to all the overachievers in America, especially the children under age twelve who are currently being pressured by their parents to learn material far beyond the typical level of learning at their age.
Sick of the chatter about Opal Mehta, the fictitious Harvard applicant and heroine of a recent plagiarized novel. Employing cutting edge skin technology, Overachiever is enriched with long-wearing polymers which fuse to the skin, giving you water-resistant, transfer-free coverage all day long. While I was somewhat bitter about my overworked, high-achieving high school student having to read 400+ page book about how high-achieving high school students are overworked on top of everything else he has to do, I did enjoy it. I plan to write an upcoming blog or article about technology and cheating, so I wanted to preface that with this piece about a book I think every educator, parent, and high school student should read. This books reports on the nuttiness of high school life for students striving to get into the best colleges. Alexandra Robbins profiles eight students at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md.
We learn about the rise in suicide among children not just high school students due to stress. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. Early in the book, Robbins personifies her aversion to turning students into numbers in the form of college admissions counselors. Students usually groan at the thought of reading a book because it is a school requirement, but I found The Overachievers to be quite an interesting read. Robbins provides a series of critiques of the system, including college rankings, parental pressure, the meaninglessness of standardized testing and the push for A.
The frenzied lives of six high school students, which may seem even unbelievable at times, are portrayed. Every page keeps you wanting more, and the shockingly true facts that this book is replete with only add to this feeling. This could be why students do things to such extremes. And most of all, you have to appear to be happy. I read it along with him. Now, in The Overachievers, Robbins uses the same captivating style to explore how our high-stakes educational culture has spiraled out of control.
I recommend this to anyone who knows a child! She also gives her opinion of what she thinks of the current education system - bad and inefficient. Really nostalgic book, and makes me glad I'm not in high school anymore. Robbins tackles teen issues such as intense stress, the student and teacher cheating epidemic, sports rage, parental guilt, the black market for study drugs, and a college admissions process so cutthroat that students are driven to suicide and depression because of a B. In short, The Overachievers is a great book and should not be missed. We meet the world of professional college counselors whom parents hire to get their students into the colleges of choice. Advertisement Robbins has a lot in common with her young subjects.
I did not want to put it down even the parts that are satistics. Thankfully, I ignored him and proceeded along to my first choice, one of the best choices I've made in my entire life so far! Of all the books that I've read, this is probably one of the most important. As the parent of a high school junior who attends a school much like Whitman, I was deeply interested in the subject matter, and as a former school counselor and adjunct professor, I appreciated the thoroughness of Robbins' research. I can barely make it through the workday sometimes, how did I go to school, do homework, work at my job and play competitive sports and not simply die of exhaustion? Alexandra Robbins style is friendly, yet very informative. Their stories allow Robbins to reflect on the stressful, hyper-scheduled lives of teens growing up in a culture that is excessively focused on achievement.