It's Freedom from Chemical Dependency Week at school, and the boys are gathering to discuss healthy habits in meetings conducted by FCD professional staff throughout the school day all week. Here, Mr. Adam Lush talks to Tuesday's assembly about how the teenage brain is not fully developed, therefore poor extemporaneous decisions that overwhelm rational reflection is often more the norm than any of us would like when it comes to adolescents and their sometimes bizarre choices. Some of those choices can really damage them. Therefore, we as a school are encouraged to be aware of the chief concerns below.
From the FCD website:
- Substance abuse prevention in schools is not a program. It is a climate.
- Prevention should be approached from a health perspective. Patronizing, moralistic, and threatening messages are ineffective and close down communication with students.
- Drug education is not a one-time inoculation. It must be long-term, ongoing, and responsive to the changing cognitive, emotional, and social worlds of the growing child.
- Children and adolescents are most likely to make responsible choices about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use when they are:
- Presented with accurate information
- Respected and listened to
- Given clear, consistent expectations for behavior
- Exposed to positive role models, and
- Rewarded for choosing to live drug-free.
As FCD often reminds day schools like ours, "Nobody sleeps there, right?" Therefore, while we try to exercise vigilance, we hope parents take the time to investigate further the findings FCD presents for the health and wellness of their boys who are so often tempted by the numbing allure of the world's deceptive ways.