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Mindful : June 2018
Are college kids headed for burnout? Nature’s classroom There’s little question that today’s college students are extremely hard on them- selves. Looking at 27 years of data, researchers at the University of Wales found that compared to previ- ous generations, college students now have higher academic expectations for themselves, which dovetails with higher rates of anxi- ety, among other neuroses. American students are more prone to self-oriented perfectionism—putting pressure on yourself to be perfect—but students in Canada, America, and the United Kingdom all strug- gle with socially prescribed perfectionism, or perceiv- ing that others are judging them more harshly and that they must be “perfect” to win approval. As for why, researchers point to Western cultural shifts that are more individ- ualistic, materialistic, and socially antagonistic and that today’s young people face “more competitive envi- ronments, more unrealistic expectations, and more anx- ious and controlling parents than generations before.” “These are worry- ing trends and suggest that young people may be increasingly more sensi- tive to perceived external pressures and are finding it more difficult than previous generations to cope with them,” they note. If herding a classroom of elementar y school students outside—and then getting them focused once back inside—seems daunting to some teachers, a new study may change their minds on getting the kids outdoors. Researchers from the Uni- versity of Illinois Urbana– Champaign studied the impact of outdoor learn- ing on subsequent indoor learning, and found large PHOTOGRAPHSBYADRIANPELLETIER,RYANMCGUIRE,WOKANDAPIX/PIXABAY Eight parents in Texas painted empowering mes- sages—like “Kind- ness changes ever ything”—on bathroom stalls at their kids’ school. A young single dad in Little Rock, AR, never complained about walking 11 miles to work and back ever y day. When his coworkers found out, however, they pooled their money and bought him a car. A marine biolo- gist was at first frightened when a humpback whale kept bumping into her. Then she realized it was heroically shield- ing her from a nearby shark. EXTRA ORDINARY ACTS OF KINDNESS benefit for using nature as a classroom. After 40 minutes of outdoor instruction, once back inside, teachers were able to teach almost twice as long without having to redi- rect students’ attention. “The findings here sug- gest that lessons in nature allow students to simultane- ously learn classroom cur- riculum while rejuvenating their capacity for learning,” the researchers said. Driving change in Germany Screening minors Already a pioneer of the transition to solar and wind energ y, Germany is launch- ing new measures to combat the country’s severe air pol- lution. The plan, initializing in five cities, introduces free travel on subways and short- distance trains, as well as new low-emission zones and car-sharing. These innovations come with a hefty price tag, however, and critics point out that similar endeavors in the US and Europe have flopped. An unexpected reason to check screen use among children: fighting inequal- ity. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, daily time looking at a screen added up to 8 hours and 36 minutes for white children, but 13 hours for Black and Hispanic children. Racial- ized wealth disparity may be part of the reason. Research- ers suspect “too often the message we send to low- income and less-educated parents is that screen time will help their children,” but the risks of too much screen time aren’t shared. Low- income neighborhoods may also be seen as dangerous, discouraging outdoor play. June 2018 mindful 11 what’s new