Why kids at “high-achieving schools” are now an “at risk” group and what we should be doing about it

by Bill McMahon, Director

The research is in: students at “high achieving schools” are now an “at risk” group. A Washington Post article from this past fall states that: “…studies have found that adolescents in high-achieving schools can suffer significantly higher rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse and delinquent behaviors, at least two to three times the national average.” And, these schools are the public and private institutions parents are all trying to get their kids into because of the quality of the programming and the positive testing and placement outcomes.

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What the Research Tells Us Boys Need to Become Their Best Selves

The following is an excerpt from a talk Bill gave at Moosilauke’s 2019 Parents’ Day.

It seems like we are in the golden age of research and media related to what young people need to become happy, healthy, successful—and to develop the potential for leadership.

Two things come to mind when I ponder all the recommendations from the research that I have read. The first is that what the experts endorse is not complicated;

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Why Your Child Needs a Little Stress and Mess

By Bill McMahon, Director

William Stixrud and Ned Johnson in their new book, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, are the latest authors to sound the alarm bell about the mental health of young people today. They write: “Adolescents and young adults today are five to eight times more likely to experience the symptoms of an anxiety disorder than young people were at earlier times,

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The More Parents Help, the More They Can Hurt

By Bill McMahon, Director

“How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Over parenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success” is a recent book that has received significant press and attention, in part, because the author–Julie Lythcott-Haims–was the dean of freshmen at Stanford.

Here is the book’s thesis in a nutshell: our young adults today are not happy, healthy, or resilient; this is especially true of the elite achievers at hyper selective schools;

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Log Home #9 2019

Dear Moosilauke Families,

We are pleased to send you our final letter home for the Second Session of Moosilauke 2019, covering Friday, August 8 through Tuesday, August 13, 2019.  

By the time you receive this your boy(s) should be home with you. We hope they have regaled you with great stories about friends, trying new things, and the special spirit of Moose. If you are so inclined we would appreciate it if you would post a review of your son’s Moose experience at CampRatingz.com since this site is an important resource for prospective families.

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Log Home #8 2019

Dear Moosilauke Families,

It is our pleasure to write this second letter from Moosilauke for Second Session 2019, covering Sunday, August 4 through Thursday, August 8, 2019.

Sunday was the first “Lazy Sunday” of the Second Session. The boys enjoyed some well-deserved extra sleep and a delicious buffet breakfast of made-to-order omelets, bacon, sausage, homemade chocolate chip muffins, and potatoes. After breakfast, campers ventured down the hill for free play. The highlight of the day was all-camp Capture the Flag in the afternoon.

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Log Home #7 2019

Dear Moosilauke Families,

It is our pleasure to write this first letter from Moosilauke for Second Session 2019 (July 27 through August 3rd). We know you are eager to hear from us so we will be sending you letters chronicling 4-5 days. We will also post photos six days a week (Tuesday through Sunday). You can view pictures from the summer (and even buy prints) by clicking on here. Please also “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram,

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