The New School Year: Tough on students, tough on grades

Having worked with students of all ages for many years, I recognize that a person's emotional life has an extraordinary influence on her academic life. I've seen straight-A college students bomb a final exam after the death of a loved one; I've seen elementary students entirely oblivious to in-class directions after being ousted from their peer group. Flourishing in an academic setting is no easy task, and it requires far more than a clever mind and an outstanding work ethic.