#10 – Self-Governance, Personal Responsibility, and Accountability
Liberty begins with self-governance, for one can never be truly free until one is ruler over one’s appetites and passions. From a practical standpoint, the less one rules oneself, the more one must be ruled by others. If one is to be free, one must experience the effects of one’s choices. Personal Responsibility is taking charge and stewardship over our choices. We cannot control all that happens to us. However, we can control our response to what the environment and others may do or say to us.
Self-governance, personal responsibility, and accountability, therefore, must be the foundation upon which freedom is based.
John Adams Academy seeks to instill this value in its scholars by teaching the necessity of civic duties as reciprocal with civil rights. Because we hold our scholars accountable for their actions, JAA scholars exhibit this value when they seek to obey laws that protect the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, constantly strive to uphold the ten core values, and comply with the academy’s rules and regulations.