Making Good Decisions
What does it mean to do “good” or make a “good decision”? How can we equip adolescents with the strategies to make good choices?
The Good Project defines “good” as excellence, engagement, and ethics. While the baseline of what is “excellent” is often clear, and most of us know what it means to feel “engaged,” the criteria for determining what is “ethical” are less obvious.
We discuss ethics through the lens of responsibility: a wide sense of responsibility which extends beyond immediate circles to include various communities is associated with greater sensitivity to the ethical implications of decisions.
In our new module, we present two example ethical dilemmas to young people and lead them through exercises that expose the role that personal values and responsibilities play in the navigation of these quandaries.
Usable Knowledge, an educator-facing news source from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has featured the module and paired it with complementary resources.
The article is part of a series celebrating the 50th anniversary of Project Zero.