Choices: a Paradigm for Life, Lesson 3, Identifying Freedom Need, Teacher Manual

Choices: a Paradigm for Life, Lesson 3, Identifying Freedo
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“Choices” teaches that we need freedom and defines freedom as making the best choice from among available options that contributes to meeting our total need package. Except for reflexes and autonomic bodily functions, we make a choice to do everything we do. We always have options, and we all make choices in everything we think and do.

We derive the name for our program, “Choices,” from the individual’s need for the freedom to make choices to meet his or her needs. Our choices determine our lives. We have essential freedom as a core dynamic by virtue of our shared humanity. Essential freedom relates to social and political freedom, but they are not identical. Essential freedom functions in the mental and spiritual spheres.

Lesson Objectives: The students will
1. Identify their need for freedom
2. Define freedom in terms of the ability to make choices to meet personal needs
3. Distinguish between freedom as choice and freedom as having particular options
4. Participate in an activity that will illustrate limitations of choices
5. Experience essential freedom as the ability to make choices

Lesson Concepts:
1. We do everything we do in attempt to meet our needs.
2. We have mental pictures for everything we do.
3. Freedom consists of making the choices to utilize our most appropriate mental pictures to meet our needs.
4. Often, we can learn pictures that serve to meet our needs more appropriately.
5. Human beings have an innate need to make their own choices of how they meet their needs.
7. We meet our freedom need when we make the most appropriate choice from available options to meet our total needs package.
8. We always have a choice.
9. Except for extreme situations of deprivation, we can meet all of our needs within a reasonable timeframe.
10. We often confuse wants with needs. A want is a picture of how we might meet a particular need. It may or may not provide us with the most appropriate option in a given situation. A need is a necessary, reoccurring situation that requires specific resources and actions to satisfy.
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Choices: a Paradigm for Life, Lesson 3, Identifying Freedo