Have you ever really thought about what responsibility really means? It is a topic that goes hand in hand with self-discipline and control. As we are experiencing unprecedented times where our learners have to take responsibility whilst more often having to work from home, let’s look at a few aspects of taking and accepting responsibility:
Responsibility means you do the things you are supposed to do and accept the consequences of your actions. A responsibility: something you are expected to do. Being responsible: doing the things you are supposed to do. Accepting responsibility: taking the praise or the blame for something you have done.
Responsibility is important because it provides a sense of purpose, in addition to building resilience amidst adversity on an individual and societal level. Like an addiction, sidestepping responsibility may feel good in the short-term, but leads to exponentially worse pain and suffering in the long term. Responsible learners and people treat others fairly, are trustworthy, honour their commitments, and are environmentally aware. Responsibility infuses itself into all aspects of our lives – Schoolwork, giving others opportunities to shine and making the right decisions, always.