Using the example of some American teenagers, it centers upon overachievement in high school, emphasizing its negative effect in modern American society. It specifically examines the belief that being successful depends on attaining the perfect GPA and being accepted by the "right" college.
Aug 30, Ruby Granger rated it it was amazing Well This was possibly one of the best books I have ever read.
You know that I am stingy with my 5-star book ratings but this one was sorely deserved. The book is non-fiction, following the stories of several high schoolers and providing a commentary on the US education system and the beginning of the Age of the Comparison.
It was written around and so the statistics are obviously outdated but I think one of the most shocking things is that, despite Robbins's clear and factual critique, Well It was written around and so the statistics are obviously outdated but I think one of the most shocking things is that, despite Robbins's clear and factual critique, the same trend in student anxiety continues.
This in itself is a cause for concern.
|Brief introduction:||You have to be the most athletic, you have to be able to have the most fun, you have to be the prettiest, the best dressed, the nicest, the most wanted. You have to constantly be out on the town partying, and then you have to get straight As.|
|Details of The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids||Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it. Not that author Alexandra Robbins ever uses the word.|
Why are we not doing more to investigate and improve student well-being and the corruptness of much of the system? Not only is this factually interesting, however, but also personally enlightening.
I would identify as an overachiever myself having been called this by multiple people and I did find myself relating intensely to many of the characters interviewed by Robbins.
This was especially powerful, I think, because she wrote it as a story, meaning that there was substance, suspense and progression in a way which is rarely seen in pieces similar to this.
If you are frequently anxious about your grades at school, I would definitely recommend this book to you. If you feel as though you always have to be the best, you should read this. This has made it into my Top Five. High school students Recommended to Sharon by: Campanella Alexandra Robbins' The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids is a poignant, non-fiction work that touches upon the modern competitive education system, which has seemingly gone out of control.
Rather than earning grades for learning, students are obtaining artificial grades through cheating, and even resorting to non-prescribed medications to facilitate their study habits in order to get into their dream college.
During Alexandra's year high school reunion, she gathers a group of her Alexandra Robbins' The Overachievers: During Alexandra's year high school reunion, she gathers a group of her friends' high school experiences and puts them in her book.
It includes stereotypes such as the overachieving scholar, the popular athlete, those who are can never seem to fulfill their parents' expectations, and others who struggle to put on a flawless and well-rounded facade.
These high school students engage themselves in numerous extracurricular activities, and also manage to balance seventeen AP classes throughout high school - all in attempt to get into their dream college.
The Overachievers is an enticing story which combines the conflicts of both man vs. For example, Julie, a young student who portrays the typical overachieving scholar, gives her best effort to do extraordinarily well in school to get into her dream college, Stanford.
She faces fierce competition among the other overachievers at school, and feels the need to maintain their perfect impressions of her.Aug 06, · I was sick of college talk. Sick of reciting the names of the schools my year-old has visited, which ones she liked best, and why. Sick of listening to other parents do the same.
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Jan 01, · The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids, a nonfiction work by Alexandra Robbins, is a book I chose to read because it was a requirement for our English Honors class.
Students usually groan at the thought of reading a book because it is a school requirement, but I found The Overachievers to be quite an interesting read/5. THE OVERACHIEVERS: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids User Review - Kirkus. An overwritten account of the overachiever culture that is stressing out teenagers.4/5(8).