I just watched the DVD of the Fall, 2008, Stressed Out Students conference, with keynote speeches by David Elkind, author of The Hurried Child and The Power of Play, Dr. Ken Ginsburg, author of A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens, Dr. Madeline Levine, author of The Price of Privilege, and Denise Clark Pope, author of Doing School. There are also 3 student speakers–2 highschoolers, and one college sophomore.
A parent from Calgary, Canada, recently told me that she was able to persuade the committee studying homework at her school to listen to the podcast interviews of Harris Cooper, Alfie Kohn, John Buell, and me at Senior Dad, before the committee begins to rewrite policy–a brilliant tactic, in my opinion.
For the same purpose, I would suggest getting copies of the DVD of the Stressed Out Students conference. Or, you could host a get-together in your community, watch it, and figure out a strategy for reducing school stress. (For ideas, read The Case Against Homework.) The DVD is under 2 hours, costs $4, and is very compelling. You can order a copy of the DVD here.