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Personal Responsibility
DeSoto County Alternative Center
Posted On: Wednesday, October 05, 2016

      Many times at DCAC, a student will utter the words “They failed me” or “You caused me to fail”. Students who use these phrases are not taking responsibility for their actions and the consequences they receive. Personal responsibility is the idea that human beings choose, instigate, or otherwise cause their own actions. The earliest known English use of the phrase is by Massachusetts Rep. Nathaniel Gorham at the U.S. Constitutional Convention on July 18, 1787. This would make personal responsibility built into the very foundation of American society. 

      Now yes, I know you are wondering how this applies to students whose classes range from 6-12 grade. If a young person (student) can start to understand that he or she must take responsibility for their actions and the consequences that can be associated with said actions, it can help them gain a better understanding of the adult world in which they will be involved in some way or another. Do we have adults who do not have personal responsibility? Yes. But we (teachers,parents,community) must strive for help our students (young people) get a jump start because we know that this world is not always going to be sunshine and daisies. 

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