Great Decisions in the Classroom

Great Decisions in the classroom guideGreat Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The name is shared by a national civic-education program, briefing book, teacher’s guide and PBS television series produced by the Foreign Policy Association.  The Great Decisions program highlights eight critical foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. In schools across the country, students using Great Decisions discuss and debate each issue and complete a national opinion ballot to communicate their views to Congress and the White House. Supported by the Foreign Policy Association for over 50 years, Great Decisions involves students in the foreign policy making process.

There are countless benefits to using Great Decisions in the classroom, but here are a few. Great Decisions:

  • Builds global competence.
  • Improves knowledge of geography.
  • Promotes civic participation.
  • Fosters a comprehensive understanding of political affairs.
  • Provides an opportunity for students to engage in discussion and exercise critical thinking skills.