The tearful student in my office was describing what had just happened that day out at recess.
Right after lunch, a group of students had managed to snag one of the coveted recess basketballs as they rushed outside. They were quickly choosing sides for a pick-up basketball game. Everyone was eager to get started - precious recess minutes were slipping away. As the teams were chosen, one girl was told, "Go find another game, we don't want you to play."
This quick interaction, one of literally thousands of exchanges between students here at school every day, gives us a glimpse into the world of childhood. Sometimes children can be mean, and they can say hurtful things. We want our students to choose kindness and be willing to include others. At the same time, we hope that our young people grow up to be resilient, strong and confident.