To help young people distinguish and deal with authority figures who use their influence both legitimately and illegitimately.
- Discuss how authority is used legitimately and illegitimately.
- Consider authority figures your group encounters and discuss how they are perceived.
- Prepare to discuss appropriate music or videos.
- Review “The Breakfast Club” and record approximately 4-8 minutes of segments dealing with authority figures. Some suggestions: the teacher’s handling of John; the views of the parents by Allison, Brian, and Andrew; and Brian’s essay to the teacher at the end of the movie. Edit language if you desire.
- Set up the video cassette recorder.
- Plan and inform fellow leaders about discussion time.
Sing songs to “break the ice” within the group. Get them in talkative mood. You may direct a skit having kids role play parents and teachers who deal with kids who have performed poorly on report cards, want to buy something objectionable, or are discipline cases.
- Introduce the segment from “The Breakfast Club”. Ask the group, “Are the authorities represented in these short segments using their authority legitimately or illegitimately?”
- Show 4-8 minute video of “The Breakfast Club”.
- What types of authority are represented?
- Is the authority used legitimate or illegitimate?
- Do you think your parents and teachers use their authority legitimately or illegitimately? Why?
- If someone uses authority illegitimately, can and should they still be considered an authority? How would you handle this with those you encounter?
- How do you think your teachers and parents became the type of authorities they are? How did they learn to be authorities?
- What would you change about your parents’ and teachers’ use of authority?
- How could you help your parents and teachers become better authorities?
Evaluation and Follow-Up
- Get feedback from group about the program.
- The following week, ask the group if they saw their parents and teachers from a different perspective. Did anyone do anything to help parents and teachers become better authorities? Why or why not?
- Consider what was and was not effective with the kids and record for future reference.
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