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Could We Be Putting Our Students To Sleep — Permanently — With Boring Classes?


A new study says that bored workers are 2.5 times more likely to be dead of cardiovascular disease two decades later. The Harvard Business Review reports that:

Highly bored workers “are more likely to die younger than those who are not bored.”

Thanks to Daniel Pink for the tip.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. This seems like perhaps faulty conclusions. Could the fact that they are bored lead to choosing to over-eat, or perhaps they’re depressed and untreated? Or perhaps I just can’t take responsibility for boring students – I try my best, but can’t take on their heart disease issues 20 years from now! 🙂

  2. Too funny! The way I look at it, students have some accountability in combating boredom, as well. I can stand on my head and capture 90% of my students and there are still some who are disengaged and bored. Try to pull them all in, but don’t always succeed.

    Another interesting thought… went to a technology presentation which gave me a new perspective. They said that kids brains are “wired” differently than ours, due to computers, Ipods, video games, etc. They are multi-taskers and traditional lesson plans will bore them. They want technology and fast paced presentation, multi-taksing. They said this is our obligation as educators. (presentation given by a faculty member, not someone selling equipment)

    Do we risk quality of learning, long time retention? How about “technology for technology’s sake?”. I see that happen a lot, with a district that pressures teachers to integrate technology with lesson plans.

  3. Is it the boredom that is killing them, or the fact that they get bored easier? I would think the person that bores easily is usually higher strung and would die younger because they over stress their bodies. We shouldn’t be adding to the excitement in their life and enabling the adrenaline addiction. We should help them learn to be content and not get bored so easily.

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