By Jacqueline Bennett


I can’t imagine why kids are stressed out?


First the powers-that-be decided after the summer break school should start in August rather than the first Monday after Labor Day which had been the long-standing routine . A tradition which allowed families to make plans through Labor Day Weekend which feels like the end of summer.


Then unpredictable shootings began happening in schools which has left young people uncertain what they might face when they leave home in the morning. And it has left all of fearful of knowing the children we love are headed off to school.


Next parents began insisting on more homework, Then recesses were cut back or eliminated which has contributed to childhood obesity and less self initiated interaction. Then came testing, testing and testing to address an achievement gap.


Now they can’t even enjoy a snow day, instead it’s a “remote  learning day.”


I cannot imagine why kids are stressed out.