If you were the CEO of Encyclopedia Britannica in 1985, were you in the book building or information business? How you answer that question could determine the fate of your company. The corollary question for those of us in schools in 2012 might be: Are we in the academic or human development business?
In both instances, the right answer is the broader one, and while in our particular case, we want to do everything we can to help our boys learn to read, write, create, analyze, and communicate to the best of their ability, we don’t want anyone to succeed in school and fail at life.
During a recent presentation by the leaders of “The Jack Project,” an organization devoted to de-stigmatizing mental illness, they featured this You tube, which was put together by some students as a creative response to bullying. It’s a part of the Kids Help Phone organization.
This clip isn’t the most polished piece of footage you’ll ever see, but there is something earnest about these high school students’ (Hey, these kids are from Labrador!) trying to capture the pain of adolescence and the importance of belonging.
I wonder if our boys can do something creative to promote “The Jack Project” and “Kids Help Phone” too? Anything that helps us become more open and honest about mental health issues would be a step in the right direction.