Decisions for Education
The Decisions program for Education arose out of a conversation between Peter Hawks and John Painter, a teacher and advisor to the Student at South Burlington (Vermont) High School, who saw great value in helping students look inside themselves, as Ryan did, to craft a self-composed set of Core Values. With enthusiastic support from students, faculty and administrators, a four-step program was conceived and executed with 900 students.
The steps are:
- Learn about Core Values and what they mean.
- Look within yourself to discover your own Core Values and enumerate them.
- Prepare a presentation that highlights your Core Values and passions.
- Present your Core Values to peers, teachers, parents, coaches and other significant people in your circle.
The outcomes of the program include a better understanding of oneself, and a set of principles that guide decision making in all aspects of daily life. For many, this means better decisions and a reduction in risky behaviors.
To date, some 1200 students at SBHS have participated in the program. Some have characterized it as “life changing.”