Below, you can find articles and resources related to college admissions, achievement pressure, and college access.
Resources for Parents
- More "Caring" College Admissions: 5 Tips for Parents
- Creating a Sane, Healthy College Admissions Process with Your Teen: Conversation Starters
- 5 ways elite-college admissions shut out poor kids, National Public Radio, 1.15.16
- Poverty preference admissions: The new affirmative action?, US News & World Report, 1.12.16
- The story of one disadvantaged teenager in Brooklyn and her fight to get into college, AlterNet, 1.8.16
- Is the drive for success making our children sick?, New York Times 1.2.16
- Our obsession with elite colleges is making our kids feel worthless, Quartz, 12.19.15
- The Silicon Valley suicides, The Atlantic, 12.15.15
- Silicon Valley’s college consultant industry, The Atlantic 12.9.15
- College admissions odds are stacked against high achieving low-income students, HuffPost Education, 11.20.15
- We’re destroying our kids – for nothing: Too much homework, too many tests, too much needless pressure, Salon, 10.31.15
- High school students are stressed out about college admissions; the reality of burning out before college, Medical Daily, 8.12.15
- The heartbreaking physical toll of high achievement among disadvantaged teens, HuffPost, 7.20.15
- Push, don’t crush, the students, New York Times, 4.24.15
- Some students feeling college-admissions stress, USA Today, 3.26.15
Research and scholarly work
- Abeles, V. (2015). Beyond measure. NY: Simon & Schuster.
- Ansary, N. A., & Luthar, S. S. (2009). Distress and academic achievement among adolescents of affluence: A study of externalizing and internalizing problem behaviors and school performance. Development and Psychopathology, 21, 319-341.
- Bruni, F. (2015). Where you go is not who you’ll be: An antidote to the college admissions mania. NY: Grand Central Publishing.
- Conner, J., Pope, D., & Galloway, M. (2009), Success with less stress, Educational Leadership, 67(4), 54-47.
- Luthar, S. S., Barkin, S. H., & Crossman (2013). “I can, therefore I must”: Fragility in the Upper Middle Classes. Development and Psychopathology, 25, 1529–1549. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954579413000758)
- Galloway, M., Pope, D. C., & Osberg, J. (2007). Stressed-out students – SOS: Youth perspectives on changing school climates. In D. Thiessen & A. Cook-Sather, (Eds.) International handbook of student experience of elementary and secondary school (p. 611-634). Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
- Pope, D., Brown, M., & Miles, S. (2015). Overloaded and underprepared: Strategies for stronger schools and healthy, successful kids. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
- Thacker, L., College admissions: What are students learning? http://www.educationconservancy.org/research.html
- Weissbourd, R. (2011). The overpressured student. Educational Leadership, 68(8), 22-27.