Stress, The Silent Killer In Education

Written by Dr. Jared Scherz, TeacherCoach

When I was eleven, I went on a rock climbing expedition in Boulder Colorado. I paced nervously before the first climb, as the instructors readied the equipment. From a sharp reprimand, I was jolted out of my nervous daydream. “Don’t step on the rope.” the instructor shouted. Befuddled by this command, I wondered how a rope that was nearly as thick as my leg, could be effected by a barely 80-pound kid.

What I came to appreciate that day and has remained with me over the years, is that the integrity of that thick rope could be diminished over time. All it took was a small grain of sand or glass from the bottom of my shoe, and with each twist and pull, the fibers would begin to deteriorate. Nobody would see it happening until it was too late.

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