At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools
Anxiety, depression, and their dangerous manifestations—substance abuse, eating disorders, self-injury, and suicide—are increasingly commonplace at many competitive high schools. Paradoxically, most of these schools promote themselves as being committed to students' holistic development in academics, athletics, and the arts, and in their personal, social, and emotional growth. So why are so many students struggling? David Gleason has investigated these concerns in competitive high schools, and has found that these caring and dedicated adults fully admit to overscheduling, overworking and sometimes overwhelming their students and teenage children. This workshop explores the conflict between parents’ and educators’ actions and intentions.
Clinical psychologist David Gleason is an author and professor who provides counseling and consulting services within public, independent, and international schools.
Gleason served as administrative director of student support services at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, before opening his own practice in Concord, Massachusetts, in 2000. At that time, he also joined Concord Academy as that school’s consulting psychologist. In addition, Gleason serves as senior neuropsychologist at Wediko Children’s Services in Boston, where he supervises pre- and post-doctoral neuropsychology interns and co-teaches a professional development seminar.
Gleason has taught psychology at the secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels, and he presents workshops and seminars at schools, national conferences in the United States, and at international conferences around the world. He is the author of At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools.