What’s the difference between these two choices?
- Choosing whether you’re going to do a PowerPoint or a poster
- Choosing to respond to a bad grade with a different approach
The first one is a freedom which releases commitment and energy.
The second one requires the commitment of energy which will lead to freedom.
Modern education simultaneously aims to give children more choice, whilst, paradoxically, removing from them the worry that responsibility for whatever position they find themselves in is their problem. We want children to follow what they want to do, whilst comforting them that they are the unfortunate [subtext: ‘helpless’] victims of circumstance.
Yes, we could ALL look at the situations we are in and feel like helpless victims – realising that the combination of genetics and circumstance has determined just about everything in our lives…
And yet…… agency …… whatever that actually is……. can…
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