- September 24, 2013at 12:00 pm
In low-income urban schools, traumatic stress is a reality for millions of children who grow up in an oppressive climate of poverty, violence, and fear. This stress impedes learning and undermines physical and mental health: 25% of teenagers suffer from anxiety disorders. 6.5 million children struggle from disabilities that impair their ability to learn. One in four high school students has been offered, sold or given illegal drugs on school property. One in three children are either overweight or obese. Nearly 3 million children receive medication for ADHD. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers. High stress levels also damage teachers and educators, resulting in extremely high burnout rates. We must give our children a better tool to cope with stress. The Quiet Time program is a practical, evidence-based approach to reduce stress and dramatically improve academic performance, student wellness and the school environment.