by Cheryl Jackson Thursday March 19, 2009

March is turning out to be a lot of fun around the office. Last week, I got to interview some very funny people for our show on the role of humour in learning. This week I got to interview some very funny, smart and engaging kids. Yep, kids. It's March Break and the kids are out of school, so we invited five 10, 11 and 12-year-olds in to talk about school, friends, parents and teachers. It was fun.

When I asked how important friends are at school, Ross didn't hesitate to say, "That's the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning." I'm not sure I managed to keep a straight face. When asked what parents could do to help kids, Jordon honestly said his mom should not give him advice about basketball, 'cause his dad is the one who knows more about it.

Kids this age are so honest and funny. They are old enough to know something about the world and yet not old enough to be cynical. They are eager to learn, and they are great observers. And despite their young age, they're starting to know what they want. Rebecca said she can't wait to be able to make her own decisions. Eleni said she worries about making the right decisions. And Justice, well, she plans to be Prime Minister some day, and she just might.

Parents, teachers - you might want to go to Your Voice and listen in on these kids. It will give you a glimpse of what may be going through your own children's minds.