The continuum of views is likely to start from teacher/adult/ societal oversight and control, through explanation and discussion, to moderated self-control, which is where the majority of CYP / adults end up. The large majority learn how to behave and to take responsibility for their actions.
The notion of responsibility puts the onus on the individual to develop self-awareness. For some this will be easier than others, as their wider environment, family and friends, may well seem to allow other views to prevail.
The Golden Rules are expressed as:-
- think before you do
- trust your own feelings
- ask for help if you need to
- make up your own mind
- you can say NO!
- Education is about people, one generation enabling the next to understand their world. Good communication makes it work better.
- Children are children, learning about their world. They need to learn that everyone makes mistakes and (hopefully) learns from them.
- School managements work with and through the efforts of others. Their role is to make the front-line job easier to achieve.
- Life issues impact on everyone; be aware and on the lookout.
- If you think it is going wrong, look at yourself first. It may not be other people’s fault.