I am very excited about a soon-to-be-released short documentary, Slipping Behind, which looks at the fast-paced, high-stress lives of many of today’s students. If you live in the New York City area, there will be two free screenings of the film on March 5 and March 6. The filmmaker, Vicki Abeles, and I will facilitate a discussion after the film. Read all the details here and then RSVP as soon as you can to julie@reellinkfilms.
Among the experts who appear in the film are 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, Denise Clark Pope, author of Doing School, and Wendy Mogel, author of The Blessings of a Skinned Knee. There are also interviews with many students, mostly high schoolers, who provide an intimate look at their lives and the kinds of pressures they face as they navigate school, extra-curriculars, community service, etc.
If you don’t live in the NYC area, you should see whether you can bring the film to your school, your house, your PTA meeting, your film festival. The film is an excellent way of starting a discussion in your community.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I am an Advisor to the film and I appear in it as well.