Age Of Responsibility Essay Prompt


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1. Do you consider yourself to be a responsible person? Why? In what ways?

2. The people in the video identified several aspects of responsibility. What were they? Do you agree with them? What does responsibility mean to you?

3. Do you consider it important for your friends and family members to be responsible? Why?

4. Carlos said, "Maybe the real question is not 'what am I going to do,' maybe it's 'what kind of person do I want to be?'" What did he mean by that?

5. Think about somebody you know who is very responsible. How does that person demonstrate responsibility? Does that make you respect him/her more?

6. The girl who hit the parked car felt she had to report it. Why take responsibility for something nobody saw you do?

7. What does the golden rule have to do with responsibility?

8. What is the relationship between blaming and responsibility? How did Dr. Mike change blaming others into a tool for teaching responsibility? Think about what some of your biggest problems are in school. Do you blame anyone for those problems?

9. Dr. Mike told Carlos responsibility is power. What did he mean? Do you agree?

10. How did Lateefah's story make you feel? What did you learn from it?

11. Lateefah said, "My future is up to me." Do you agree with that idea? Explain. What would Lateefah's life be like, if she did not take personal responsibility for changing it?

12. How does Lateefah's story demonstrate the power of taking responsibility?

13. It's been said that "There are no rights without responsibility, and there is no responsibility without rights." What does that mean? Do you agree? What is the relationship between rights and responsibilities?

14. Dr. Mike said we need to separate problems into three categories: ones we have no control over, ones we have some influence over, and ones we have total control over. How would it help resolve our problems to look at them in this way?

15. Anika quotes her grandmother as having said, "You can't control what life puts at your doorstep, but you have complete control over how you respond to it." What does that mean? How can you apply this principle to your daily life?

16. What does being responsible have to do with the quality of your character?

17. What are the benefits of being a responsible person? How do you benefit from the responsibility of others?

18. Did the video present any ideas you disagree with?


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AGE OF RESPONSIBILITY The “Age of Responsibility”, 21, is a completely arbitrary age chosen unintelligibly by a group of men because twenty year olds still aren’t fully developed or trusted by society in general, and people don’t even develop at close enough rates to have a universal “Age of Responsibility”. No two people exactly the same, so people develop at different rates. “The fact that every person is different and develops at his own pace doesn't make the creation of policy any easier.” (Greenblatt 22). It would be extremely difficult to make a solid age of responsibility since everyone is different. Any age decided upon would be unfair for some people and perfectly fine for other. There is also the fact that there is no upper…show more content…

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