Teaching Responsibility Matters

by Lorana Hoopes

As a teacher, one of my biggest frustrations is when students don’t take responsibility for their work. I currently have several students failing simply because they won’t turn the assignments in.

I’ve been telling them all month that I had to have all their work by this morning so I could grade all day and do their progress accurately. As I printed off the myriad of emails containing assignments, I received one from a student – who has barely turned anything in – asking for an extension so he could get the money his parents bribed him with (if he was passing). I had to politely reply that I couldn’t give him an extension because I had my own deadline I had to meet.

I don’t know about you, but most jobs in the real world don’t let you not take responsibility for your actions.

Except for politics, it seems. Like Hillary with her email scandal. First she lied about deleting emails, then she tried to blame it on Colin Powell for giving her bad advice. Finally, she used the whole “everyone else was doing it” excuse. Not once did I hear her say, “You’re right. I did it, and I shouldn’t have. I apologize.” The same goes for Trump with his “locker room talk.” Yes, we’ve all said things we regret, so why instead of saying he regrets it and he’s changed, does he fall back on “it’s just locker room talk?” Even back in the primaries, I remember them attacking Marco Rubio for the gang of eight amnesty bill he signed. He adamantly denied it, even though it was on record. Why not just say, “Yes, I voted for it, but I was wrong, and I’ve changed my mind?”

We are so busy placing the blame on everyone else that we have forgotten we have to take responsibility for our actions. 

I hope this election helps us remember that. If you don’t vote, you can’t blame everyone else because you didn’t take the responsibility to exercise your right. If you vote for the lesser of two evils instead of a candidate you trust, you can’t blame anyone but yourself. We have a responsibility to vote for the candidate we truly believe will be the best, not the one we think will win or will hurt us least.

Maybe if we start taking responsibility again and hold our public leaders, athletes, and others to the same standard then our children will learn what it is again.

Lorana Hoopes is a Christian author who focuses on the inspirational with a touch of romance.Her books are available at Amazon.

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