75% of High School Students Say They’re Bored in School

Seventy-five percent of high school students are bored in class because the material is not interesting, according to a special report from Indiana University’s High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE). Another 40% reported that the material was irrelevant, and over 30% said they had no interactions with their teachers. Almost one-fourth are considering dropping out of high school.

 Researchers at Indiana University surveyed more than 81,000 students at over a hundred high schools across 26 states.

Ethan Yazzie-Mintz, HSSSE project director for the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) said that his team believes that teens are bored by certain teaching styles and recommends more interactive methods to engage students. Students told researchers that learning through group projects was more interesting than by debate, discussion or teacher lectures.

 TV and Video Games Could Cause Attention and Learning Disorders

Too much time spent watching television and playing video games puts children at risk for attention and learning problems as well as academic failure, according to researchers at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Other research has indicated that watching television may cause lower grades because it takes too much time away from homework and reading. However, this new study, published in the May 2007 issue of Pediatrics, concludes that excessive television watching and video game playing may be a contributing factor in whether a child develops learning and attention disorders.

“Whether teens had existing attention or learning problems or whether they don’t have them, they were at greater risk for later attention and learning problems (if they watched too much television),” according to Dr. Jeffrey G. Johnson.

Dr. Johnson and his team interviewed 678 families three times – when their children were ages 14, 16, and 22 years old. Those fourteen-year-olds who watched three or more hours of television daily were more likely to have attention disorders, be bored at school, have bad grades and drop out of high school.