When homework's piled high and you're tempted to take your education for granted, learn a little more about Malala Yousafzai
, the Pakistani who was recently attacked because of her outspoken defense of education for girls. (Think twice about following the link to the two-part documentary, it's one thing to know that people are flogged and killed, another to watch it happen in color.) Human Rights Watch
points out that Malala is just one of many school-age victims, and the attacks continue. To put the challenges of your life in perspective, learn what other young people around the world are doing at the International Childrens Peace Prize
site. And if school really is too hard, talk to your teachers and parents.