School is Too Easy, Students Report
It is no surprise to me that students would describe school as "too easy". One of the worst aspects of school life today is the pervasive lack of content, papered over by utterly pointless projects and activities. A bright kid who needs intellectual engagement will find slim pickin's in the average classroom.
I take violent exception, however, to this statement:
Ulrich Boser, a senior fellow at the center who co-wrote the report, said the data challenge the "school-as-pressure-cooker" image found in recent movies such as Race to Nowhere.Unfortunately, lack of content does not imply lack of pressure. The pressure-cooker aspect of school is caused by large volumes of homework, the jumped-up competition to get into "good" colleges, and stress over grades. It is entirely possible, and actually quite common, to have a pressure-cooker school with low academic standards. The fact that many kids are stressed out, missing sleep, and working every spare moment in an attempt to keep up with their homework does not imply that the school has high academic standards, or that the kids are learning anything.