'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.

The Visitation
The visitation
Focus
  • vandalism and its motives
  • friendship groups
  • having the courage to say no
  • delinquent behaviour and its consequences.

A cold rain slanted in across the town. Standing there, already damp and cold, I could see the rain squalls moving up the hill towards me, misty blankets dropping yard by yard across the houses. I shivered and tried to burrow deeper into the shelter of the old chapel wall.

‘Come on,’ I muttered, ‘I'll be soaked before anyone gets here at this rate.’

The rain was thin and unpleasant. Within minutes it lay like dew across the top of my rucksack. The hours ahead were going to be hard and uncomfortable.

‘What a bloody morning!’

I turned at the sound of the voice. Bob had stolen up on ...

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