So what could I say that might make a difference? I would tell them about three things: kindness, moderation and passion.
The 10-hour school day and remorseless homework assignments paid off. It was not easy, but what kept me going was the fact that I was a part of a team, I was a part of something that was extraordinary.
This horrific action has shone a light on a fact we sometimes forget - education is the cornerstone of a society. While none of us know how this story is going to play out in Nigeria perhaps we can find a grain of relevance for ourselves.
The teens are buzzing about it; the prom that is. It is that time of year when high school kids all over the country are hoping and waiting to get invited to the prom. Some of them are even making elaborate plans to invite others.
Bullying is definitely a big factor in Mental Health. Bullies often have been bullied themselves and it causes them pain and contributes towards their need to bully others, which of course isn't right but unfortunately happens.
"You'll never amount to anything. You'll never be much. You're a problem child." So he was told. And I had all but forgotten when she reminded me yet again, as we were talking just the other day, about the cruelty of words and how shattering they can be when ill-spoken. And he'll never forget those words.
In Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 movie Rumblefish, Mickey Rourke's doomed anti-hero Motorcycle Boy mutters: "If you'd going to lead people, you have to have somewhere to go." It's a thought that CEOs of today's entertainment and media businesses might usefully ponder as they strive to lead their organisations - and their people - through the turbulence of digital disruption.
While most students assigned to parent chaperones happily go along with the field trip flow, the following list of archetypical personalities keep chaperones on their toes.
Let's teach confidence with our compassion. Bravery, resilience and pluck are good too. Let's show kids examples of their heroes who stood tall regardless of their circumstances. Let's point out people that took adversity and turned it into blessings.
Living on the spectrum comes with daily challenges for the child, his parent, and his teachers. Here are some tips that can help a child on the spectrum experience less anxiety in their day and feel calmer inside.
I have almost never met a teacher I didn't respect tremendously. Teachers seriously rock and my two daughters have had some of the best. But I have a gripe.
By demanding a number of pages or words, the thinking goes, teachers force their students to move beyond superficial observations into deeper analysis. Unfortunately, I believe that length minimums do not achieve that goal. Quite the opposite, in fact.
I was raised on a dairy farm in Belledune, a small community on New Brunswick's North Shore. By the time I showed up to school in the fall of 1968, the schoolhouse was bordered by a smelter on one side and a fertilizer plant on the other. I started hearing a little voice inside me saying, "Do something!"
I enjoy beating tests, but I also think the United States would be better off with a completely different set of college admissions requirements that don't unduly privilege personalities like mine. (After all, no one is more annoying than adults who brag about their SAT scores.)
Suzanne LeFebvre-Martin pioneered the laughter program at St-Michel, a school in Northern Ontario. She deals with troubled students and said she was inspired to integrate laughter after reading research about how laughter exercises reduced anxiety in children. It worked.
I happened to read a story, which has now gone viral about an 11 year old boy with autism, living in Michigan who while sat in his classroom got his head stuck in a chair. This in itself is most upsetting but what upset and made me feel both anger and disgust was the teacher's reaction to this incident.