Keeping Accountability in Mind

Anna Jani


Hearing about making “good” decisions over and over again may cause the topic to seem insignificant. However, one’s success and future all depend on good decision-making, whether this future is near or far from the present. As Foran’s students continue to grow and mature throughout their high school career, they must remember to think rationally before making a decision and to consider the effects of the decision on their lives and the lives of others around them.

The world we live in has changed drastically within the last few years because of technological advances, new social trends, and the changing political atmosphere. People of all ages must know how to navigate through and be polite and kind in our ever-changing world.

Mr. Jeffrey Raucci, Foran’s newest health teacher, cited knowledge on decision-making from the Health Education 1 curriculum. Health Education 1 is a curriculum that Mr. Raucci teaches to freshmen who are starting their high school lives and creating themselves.

He says, “..Without even knowing it, you [high schoolers] make thousands of decisions on a day-to-day basis…A lot of times we make decisions where we don’t really think about our actions on our own lives, and then on our friends’ lives, peers’, on families’ lives, and we don’t really evaluate the decisions we made, whether they were good or bad.”

The effects of decisions made by not just high schoolers, but by all people, are the most significant factors used to determine whether a person made a satisfactory or regretful decision. Having the ability to look back on a decision and to see its effects on the lives of those relevant to the decision is a crucial character trait that one must learn in order to be a morally and ethically-sound person.

Mr. Raucci states, “And so, what we go over in our [Health Education 1 decision-making] unit is…going through the pros and cons, weighing each decision, what…you value for certain instances or certain situations. And then, make your decision, but always go back to it and evaluate. Sometimes, some decisions are more severe than others where you can’t evaluate, but…for the most part you’re going to be able to kind of look back on a week basis or a month basis and see the decision you made..[and] reevaluate from there.”

One of Foran’s many dedicated social workers, Mrs. Jennifer Soldi, talks about the decisions she made as a teenager, saying, “I always treated people with kindness and I never repeated information that people told me. I think what people told me I held in confidence. If they wanted other people to know, they would tell them. Not talking about other people kept me out of so much drama. [Every person needs] to keep in mind how their decision is going to impact themselves and others. It’s important not to make decisions impulsively, but to think things through.”

Mrs. Soldi also explained that the decisions teens make impact the person they become tomorrow, whether they realize it or not.

“Make sure that you make decisions that will further you along in life rather than hinder you. Never give up on possibilities in life,” she says.



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