Social Anxiety in the School Setting due to Curriculum-Based Stress

 

One of the sections of Social Anxiety that I am addressing in my study/experiment is Social Anxiety in the School Setting due to Curriculum-Based Stress. When attending BASIS, it is a known fact that our curriculum is rigorous yet allows us to achieve a high level of learning compared to other schools. Due to the study as well as our school beginning in the fifth grade, we can see how students’ progress in dealing with the increasing rigor of the BASIS Education. The fifth-grade curriculum at BASIS is more rigorous than a typical fifth-grade curriculum, containing more science classes as well as not accounting for the typical session of recess given in most elementary schools. To still account for physical activities younger students take KENPO classes as well as Physical Education classes. This continues as the grades increase until high school where the stress levels are expected but are still higher compared to most schools. For being the second best high school in the nation, this is expected and what is known to students and parents before entering the BASIS School system. This, however, does not mean that students often find it difficult to manage their time and stress during these formative years of their childhood, which leads to a further difficulty in the older years. It is important to provide resources for our students as early as possible to guide them through time management, as well as stress and anxiety management. I truly believe that if we provide a resource for the students that this will help their overall mental and emotional well-being and transfer into further success in the classroom. It is also important that we start providing these resources to all students but especially the younger ones, as the younger, they are the more it will become ingrained in their behavior and habits and further help them as they grow older. The desire to implement these programs is easier said than done especially for a charter school, but slow steps can provide further improvement for our entire student body in the future.

-Nupur

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