No, this is not about the US president’s choice of songs for his inaugural ball (or Sinatra’s daughter’s reaction to it).
It’s about a 10-year-old boy in Japan who decided he didn’t want to be “the nail that sticks out and is pounded in” by following societal norms that made him miserable. He decided to do things his own way.
“Japan’s 10-Year-Old Philosopher, Published Author, and Grade School Dropout” (from Tofugu)
Reading this, I sometimes thought he was just being a self-centered pre-teen, and sometimes that he was a lot more self-aware than many adults I know. It’s complicated.
One great debate topic:
“I think schools should be places you can go if you want to. People who like schools can go to school, like my sister. It means school is a good fit for them. So, I’ve never thought about changing the environment in schools. I didn’t “fit” school, so I chose not to go. It’s that simple. What needs to change is “yourself,” not schools or other people.”
I also was not aware of the Rocket Project for Talented Children. It’s great to see programs like this in Japan.
Watch one of the kids tell you the answer to this joke at the end of the video:
Here is the editor’s explanation about “Why We Put a Transgender Girl on the Cover of National Geographic”
I’m sorry there are no Japanese kids in this video. If you know any 9-year-olds, try interviewing them about what they think the best and worst parts of being a boy or girl are.
Time for a little laughter and letting go:
The sheer joy in their voices and faces is contagious. Read more about hte Flying Frenchies here. They say that their goal is:
“to turn the values of the profit-driven society upside down to replace them with the beauty of the non-useful, to give a sense to our lives, beyond what is expected. We want our lives to be a music that leads us through our hearts. We want to be open to the unknown and to the wish to discover the world, as much outside than inside of us.”
This is a documentary from the New York Times about Adolfo Kaminsky, who helped thousands of Jewish people escape from the Nazis during World War II. He was only a teenager. Be sure to watch to the end, because this story is not just about history; it’s about today, too.