'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.
Session 4: Borderlines
- running away from home
- not being understood
- not being listened to
- issues about race.
Judy threw her holdall onto the pavement below and gazed down. It was a good six-foot drop onto the roadway and she began to wish she had gone the long way round. Time was short, however, and she knew that she had made the right decision to cut across the park. It was only that the wall was so high.
Sighing, she eased herself over the edge and hung by her fingertips. Her feet scrabbled desperately for a hold, and then she smashed her knee into a protruding rock, lost her balance and fell heavily to the ground.
‘Damn!’ she cursed, rubbing her injured knee and fighting to hold back the tears.