What’s the best way to make decisions?

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What’s the best way to make decisions?

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg jubilant_horse | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    25 Feb 2019

    Voting. When you vote you put all your thinking into it and try and reason out all your ideas. If you really think about your explanation of why your voting for what you want you will get the best outcome. Maybe even persuade others to vote for what you want to happen, but you could only do this if you really think about why what your voting for is the best for everyone and try not to think about only you. Say you were voting for chocolate to be banned or not and you said it shouldn't because you like chocolate but then your not thinking about anyone else. Voting is a good way to make decisions but is difficult to be apart of.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      jubilant_horse's comment 25 Feb 2019

      Do you think voting is selfish and, if so, does it matter?

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      1. Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg jubilant_horse | Birchwood C of E Primary School
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 25 Feb 2019

        Only if you think about yourself and not anyone else that gets hurt by the outcome.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg plucky_cat | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    25 Feb 2019

    In my opinion i think the best way to make a decision is to vote because everyone had a choice and you go for the highest number of the vote and that wins. I think its fair because at least people had the choice to vote and it is easier to make a decision. I also think this is the quickest way to do it then you can go with the decision that is made.

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    1. Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg jubilant_horse | Birchwood C of E Primary School
      plucky_cat's comment 25 Feb 2019

      If voting is the quickest way why did Brexit take so long?

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      1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
        jubilant_horse's comment 25 Feb 2019

        Excellent question! Can anyone explain why it has taken so long?

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        1. Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg jubilant_horse | Birchwood C of E Primary School
          Olivia @ the BNC's comment 25 Feb 2019

          Thank you, and because different Politicians are blocking it because they don't want it to happen.

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        2. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy
          Olivia @ the BNC's comment 25 Feb 2019

          Because we need to try and get a trade deal with the rest of the EU.

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        3. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg loving_quince | Highdown School
          Olivia @ the BNC's comment 25 Feb 2019

          I think that it is because some people REALLY want a no deal therefore they are trying really hard to make it not happen or delay it. I think that this is why it is taken so long.

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        4. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy
          Olivia @ the BNC's comment 26 Feb 2019

          Brexit has taken so long because the politicians have so many disagreements on so many issues of how we are going to leave the EU. Not only that, it has been proven to be far more complicated than the politicians had ever first realised. For a start, there are more than 12,000 EU laws in operation in the UK, from our legal system, trade, economic farming to immigration a minefield to deal with. Considering the UK has been part of the EU for over 45 years, I guess they should have expected this. So as you can see, this was never going to be an easy, quick task!

          The biggest key issue has been the Irish border, because there was a Good Friday Peace agreement set in 1998 which states there should never, ever be a border between the Northern Ireland and the republic of Ireland. The agreement ended a long period of violence called ‘The Troubles’ between two groups within Northern Ireland - Republican and Loyalists. More than 3500 people were killed over 30 years of conflict. Getting this agreement in place was not easy, it took 2 years which involved a lot of other countries to help the two sides to reach a peace deal. And since this agreement has been made, there has been 20 years of peace. (links are below to understand more)

          Ireland as you may be aware, is part of the UK and the Republic of Ireland will still be part of the EU after Brexit. But until then, both UK and Ireland trade on single market and customs union with freedom of movement, so products go through freely, they do not need to be inspected for customs and standards. But, after Brexit, all that could change - the two parts of Ireland could be in different customs and rules, which could mean products being checked at the border.

          Both the UK and the EU agree they would commit to avoiding a hard border for now. Leaving the EU means leaving the customs union and the single market, which is why the Irish Border situation has been so difficult to resolve because you have to consider the Good Friday agreement. The whole issue has created so many discussions and so many disagreements amongst the politicians with Theresa May’s Brexit deal because they can’t agree on how the border should be managed and not to mention all the many other issues they disagreed with.

          So for now, an agreement has been made called a ‘Backstop’ which will allow Northern Ireland to continue to follow the same rules as the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the EU, which is basically to keep it the same as what they already have. This backstop is just a safety net if they can’t agree on a solution by the end of the transition period in December 2020. Although there are talks that the date could be extended. Hopefully I got this right and that you can all see how difficult this whole Brexit thing is!

          https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/14118775
          https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/46839059
          https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-45912824

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          1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
            creative_sparrow's comment 27 Feb 2019

            Brilliant explanation and well done for sharing where you found your information!


            For some of our younger BNC members, can you pull out 2-3 of the most important sticking points and summarise them in a sentence?

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            1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy
              Tiff @ the BNC's comment 28 Feb 2019

              Here is my short summary of the main Brexit sticking points of why it's going so slow.

              The Irish Border - UK cannot fully leave the EU without breaching the Good Friday Agreement. How do they resolve this major stumbling block?

              BackStop - Brexit MPs disagree with this fall back solutions of making sure there’s a no Irish border if no agreement is made by the time the UK leave the EU, some MP's are unhappy because they do not want to be tied to the EU rules. So, they want an alternative.

              Trade and economy - As an EU member, companies, farmers and financial services get the perks of free and simple trade between the 27 other EU countries, so is it possible for the UK to get a trade agreement with the EU without damaging the UK’s economy?

              Even if both sides reach an agreement, any deal will still have to be approved by all the 27 EU members and through to the UK parliament by putting it to a vote. And if it passes, the UK could proceed with leaving in March 2019 but if it fails? Does the UK delay Brexit? Crash out on a No Deal Brexit? Another referendum? General Election?

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        5. Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg buzzing_atom | Birchwood C of E Primary School
          Olivia @ the BNC's comment 04 Mar 2019

          In my opinion i think it is taking so long because some people protest that we should not leave the EU and then the Government cant decide if we leave or not.Also sometimes parliament cant decide if they want to leave or not

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      2. Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg clever_starfish | Upton Cross Primary School A
        jubilant_horse's comment 27 Feb 2019

        In my opinion, I believe that at first, people voted to go out. I think they did this because they believed this was the right thing to do for their country. The situation was that lots of plans Theresa May proposed to the MPs were rejected. Eventually, she was given the vote of no confidence. So when Theresa May has an appropriate plan we can live with when we leave the European Union,we are stuck in the middle waiting for whatever may happen next.

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    2. Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg smart_journalist | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
      plucky_cat's comment 26 Feb 2019

      if it was the simplest, why is there so much stress on other things?

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    25 Feb 2019

    I think my decision would always be based on the information available at that time, however I would also be able to change my decision if new information came to light. All in all, I do think it’s important to be fully informed as much as you can by researching and reading all pros and cons to any decision making.

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  • Elaine-logo-250x250.jpg free_acorn | Elaine Primary School
    25 Feb 2019

    The best way to make a decision is to ask a parent and see what they say. The parent is the leader of the family so they make all the final decisions.

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    1. Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg outstanding_wolf | Richmond Hill Academy
      free_acorn's comment 25 Feb 2019

      I don't think the parents are the leader of the family it is just the dad that is head of the family

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    25 Feb 2019

    If we were deciding on something like the discipline system in a school, this shouldn't be done through a vote because the majority wouldn't choose the most effective way because, since it's the children who are deciding they may think that some of the most effective ways of discipline are really unfair. Therefore, they would choose the wrong things. So, the teachers should decide that kind of thing. However, if the country has to decide on a new prime minister we should have a vote. This is because no one can really predict the outcome of what will happen-unless they act on their promises. So I think it depends on the situation.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg content_lemon | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    25 Feb 2019

    Sorry, that previous comment was completely accidental! I mean: It's taken too long, because Theresa May is constantly getting challenged about whether or not Brexit is the right thing to do, and the hassling of the politicians in Parliament and on social media aren't exactly helping either!

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg smart_parrot | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    25 Feb 2019

    The best way to decide on things is to have a vote but sometimes votes are unfair.

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg outstanding_wolf | Richmond Hill Academy
    25 Feb 2019

    Does Britain have enough negotiators?What will it cost the U.K. to leave the E.U.?

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg happy_sparrow | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    26 Feb 2019

    The best way to make decisions is to think what the impact of them could do. Like to ban football in schools. If that happens people will get sad and some might even decide not to go to school or even take part in lessons because they know that their would be no point! They wouldn't get the education they need in schools. It's a lot like voting but to make a decision easier you could look to what would happen if one choice won.

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      happy_sparrow's comment 26 Feb 2019

      Do you think the consequences you have given are from one particular perspective? Maybe someone who likes to play football.

      What other consequences might it have?

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg smart_journalist | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    26 Feb 2019

    make sure the final say is agreed with mostly everyone

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg amazing_wombat | Richmond Hill Academy
    28 Feb 2019

    what happens if 5 people vote for a and 3 people vote for b and 3 people vote for c? More people voted for A than B or C but more people did not vote for A than voted for A (6 v 5). Does this mean the majority of people wanted A? That means B and C together have a majority. Should we then do option A?

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    1. balloon.png Rose @ the BNC
      amazing_wombat's comment 28 Feb 2019

      amazing_wombat you've shown good reasoning here. Have you looked into what voting system we have here in the UK? What do you think are some of the positives and negatives? Are there any other voting systems you think would be fairer for us to use?

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg tidy_turtle | Richmond Hill Academy
    28 Feb 2019

    If people vote for Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn and some people voted for A (Theresa May), would it be fair if Jeremy Corbyn would be leader? They were not getting their first vote .

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg busy_starfish | Richmond Hill Academy
    28 Feb 2019

    Write about your fears. Journaling about your fears may help you to start to understand them and make a better decision as a result. Start by writing about the decision you need to make. Describe or list everything that you are worried about regarding this decision. Allow yourself to vent about these fears without judging yourself for having them.

    For example, you might start your journal by asking yourself, “What is the decision that I need to make and what am I afraid might happen if I make the wrong choice?”Identify the worst case scenario. Once you have written about the decision you need to make and why you have fear regarding that decision, take it a step further. Try to identify the worst case scenario for each and every possible choice. Pushing your decision to the limits of what could go wrong if all goes wrong may make the process less frightening.
    For example, if you need to decide between staying full time at your job or taking a part-time job in order to spend more time with your kids, think about what the worst case scenario of each decision would be.
    If you chose to keep the full time job, the worst case scenario might be that you miss out on important moments in your children’s development and that your children resent you for this when they are older.
    If you choose to keep the part time job, the worst case scenario might be that you might not be able to pay the bills each month.
    Decide whether this worst-case scenario is actually likely to happen. It’s easy for us to “catastrophize,” or spin things out to the worst possible thing that can happen, without taking the time to think. Examine the worst scenario you’ve proposed, and then consider what would have to happen to get you there. Is this likely?

    Consider whether the decision you make will be permanent. Once you have thought about everything that could go wrong, think about whether the decision is reversible. Most decisions are reversible, so you can take comfort in knowing that if you hate your decision, you can always make a change to fix the situation later on.
    For example, say you decide to take a part-time job to spend more time with your kids. If you end up having trouble paying the bills, you can reverse the decision by looking for a full time job.

    Talk to a friend or family member. Don’t feel like you have to make a tough decision all by yourself. Enlist the help of a trusted friend or family member to help you or at least listen to your concerns. Share the details about the decision as well as your fears about what could go wrong. It may make you feel better to just vocalize your fears about the decision and your friend or family member may have some great advice and/or reassuring words for you.
    You may also consider talking to someone who is removed from the situation and who will have a neutral opinion. A therapist can often be a helpful source for this type of perspective.
    You can even consider searching online for others who have experienced a similar situation. If you were trying to decide between full-time work and part-time work plus more time with your kids, you could post your problem on a parenting forum online. You will likely hear from people who have had to make similar decisions as well as some people who will tell you what they would do in your situation. busy_starfish

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    1. balloon.png Rose @ the BNC
      busy_starfish's comment 28 Feb 2019

      busy_starfish you've got lots of good ideas about making personal decisions! I wondered if you had thought about how these ideas might be applied to Brexit? And what would be your approach if you were making a decision on behalf of others (like politicians do)?

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  • Ravenscroft-logo-250x250.jpg wonderful_seahorse | Ravenscroft Primary School
    28 Feb 2019

    The best way to make a decision is to ask someone else and see what they think just for an idea and then you can think about making your own decision.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg benevolent_planet | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    01 Mar 2019

    I think that it depends in what situation we have in front of us.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_tangerine | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    01 Mar 2019

    I think that voting is the best way to make decisions because , you get a handful of differing opinions and different people from different religions and races can vote . Also , the opinions can be counted in a fair ways to ensure that the country is run in a way witch the majority of people like .

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg lively_reindeer | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    01 Mar 2019

    The politicians should be the ones who should not do there job because they are selfish and they are greedy. So if you desire something and they say yes and they don't .So that why they we need to do a different thing to vote.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg faithful_sealion | Noel Park Primary School
    01 Mar 2019

    In my opinion i think the best way to make a decision is to make sure that people have ID when there voting on stuff also not to online vote because not many people have the internet or phones,tablets,Etc in certain places. Most importantly to let everyone vote to make it fair! Also not to let a group of people vote.

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg quiet_horse | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    02 Mar 2019

    I think the best way to make decisions is by voting and having your say. It’s not just by voting because there are many people out there in the world who can’t vote but they still want their voice to be heard. Sometimes when people vote, the person who they voted for may not win. That’s why some people may think that voting isn’t a good way to make decisions but you can overpower voting by having your voice be heard and saying your opinions. If you go to parliament, you can see how the politicians are speaking for you.

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg quiet_horse | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    02 Mar 2019

    If voting was the quickest way, then why are we still waiting for Brexit!

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg quiet_horse | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    03 Mar 2019

    Most democracies rarely use referendums. Since 1945 there have been none at the national level in Germany, India, Israel, Japan or the US. Between them, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands and the UK have held just 10 national referendums. Only two countries – Switzerland and Italy – have had considerably more than Ireland.

    It was somewhat strange then to see the level of self-congratulation that took place over Ireland being the first country to approve of same-sex marriage by a popular vote.

    Rather than celebrate our uniqueness, we should instead be questioning it. It is not as if the referendum stemmed from Ireland being a bastion of liberalism and a world leader for the cause of marriage equality. Same-sex marriage has already been legalised in 18 countries. Why did none of these states put this issue to a referendum?

    One answer is because of the majoritarian nature of the referendum, which can be used to ride roughshod over the wishes of the minority.

    What if a majority had decided to vote No and deny the LGBT community of the right to marry? (And it is important to note that only 36 per cent of the electorate voted Yes). Would this have legitimised the denial of rights to this minority?

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      quiet_horse's comment 04 Mar 2019

      This has not been written in your own words, please only write original posts and comments on the Hub and if you use another website to help, please include the link.

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg marvellous_message | Weston Favell Academy
    04 Mar 2019

    Voting! Voting can sometimes bring war and negativity into the world. I think this because so much people argue and want their idea to be heard and not to be thought as corrupt which brings people to think in the nastiest ways such as bringing the untold truth about people. On the other hand, it can bring positivity and peace in the world. Such as when Barack Obama won as president of America he brought war and negativity to an end and brought kindness and effection instead. So in conclusion, voting is like a see-saw it can go up or down.

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  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg trusting_politics | Ormiston Bushfield Academy
    06 Mar 2019

    Honesty. I think that the best way to make decisions is to be honest because if people keep secrets from each other or people have a lack of information then that is when arguments happen. This is how Brexit happened but people get most off there information from the news and then it could be biased and untruthful which is how things go wrong.

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg amazing_wombat | Richmond Hill Academy
    07 Mar 2019

    Ithink we should not because how should we move

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  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg remarkable_parrot | John Ray Junior School
    08 Mar 2019

    The way to decide is by voteing

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg steady_skill | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    10 Mar 2019

    I think that one of the best ways to make a decision could be to vote on it letting everybody have a chance, then debate on the vote and then vote again just in case anybody has changed their mind and the results of the final vote can be the final results. This would be fair because you would have a chance to vote, change your and other people's minds and then vote again.

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