'Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile' - Bertrand Russell .. and teachers, parents and carers worry that the decisions that children and young people make might be unwise or dangerous. Decision making is a skill involving both a cognitive and an affective process. The ability to: " recognize the thoughts and feelings; " consider the consequences; " choose the best outcome; is a highly valued facility leading to resilience, achievement and responsibility. The skill can be taught and in these three volumes the authors provide all the materials needed to teach a course on decision making at each age level. The programme provides a menu of stories related to the real life experiences of the young people. Topics are selected to be age appropriate and the series includes: " Stealing; " Lying; " Social behaviours; " Risks; " Justice; " Loss, Grief and Bereavement; " Prejudice; " First love; " Disability; " Leaving home; " Family relationships. The teacher notes indicate 'stopping points' where reflection and discussion is encouraged. A choice of endings is offered or the young people can develop their own ideas about what might happen next. The course can be introduced at any age or used to develop the skills through school life from early years to the teens.

  • drug taking
  • loneliness and vulnerability
  • being accepted
  • shielding others from retribution.

Dionne gazed up at the soaring arches of the Eiffel Tower and felt incredibly lonely and afraid. How much longer, she asked herself, before I can go home?

When the idea of a school trip to France had first been announced it had seemed like a great opportunity. The chance of ten days away from home, seeing and visiting all the places Dionne had only ever dreamed about before now, was far too good to be missed.

‘It'll be such fun,’ Helen had said, excitedly. ‘Imagine it, wandering down the boulevards, taking coffee in all those pavement cafes. We'll be like two elegant French ladies.’

Then she had paused and looked at Dionne from beneath dark ...

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