Bessie Oster leads a 10th Grade discussion. We believe it is more empowering to ask students to reflect on what makes them happy than to require them to learn the diagnostic criteria for depression. bed, and a desk. And when younger students see older ones taking on this responsibility, “it’s socially powerful. For some this provides a means of expression that they might not find elsewhere. They begin to see their friends and other adults in their lives as representing new ideas, new interests, and new influences. They are watching you to see what kind of society you have.