As the principal of Needham High School, Paul Richards is making some radical changes. Among them -- homework-free weekends and holidays, and mandatory yoga classes! Mr. Richards asks his teachers to help develop healthy minds and bodies - teaching awareness for the WHOLE person. It's all aimed at reducing stress.
Many students were so stressed out about grades and test scores -- and so busy building résumés to get into the small number of brand-name colleges they equated with success -- that, he said, they could not fully engage with school. "One of our big goals is to try to help students become more resilient," Mr. Richards said. "So they don't fall apart if they get a B-minus."
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