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Haskins, R. (2009). The Sequence of Personal Responsibility. Retrieved from

This is a great article in regards to how personal responsibility is viewed in regards to education on a national policy level. While at the macro level, this article can be used on my own day to day understanding of my own drive and need to succeed in school. The author lines up his thoughts with the current administration goals and understandings of personal responsibility and what they need to be at this time of changing perspectives. This article is interesting due to large spectrums it lays out for what in life a personal is responsible for and how they all tie in to give a responsible person a good chance at a good life.

Sheldon, K. & Schachtman, T. (2007). Obligations, Internalization, and Excuse Making: Integrating the Triangle Mode and Self-Determination Theory. Journal of Personality, 75(2), 359-381.

This is a great article highlighting the three main excuses people use to avoid taking responsibility after failure: that one had no control in the situation, that the obligation was unclear, and that it was not really one's obligation.

The article by the Brookings Instutute is likely less bias than the Journal of Personality. This is likely due to the first organization being a large think tank known for being unbiased and non-partisan. The Journal of Personality is more

experiences and he author, Co-Director for the Center on Children and Families, Budgeting for National Priorities, discusses the views of personal responsibility in regards to and how the nation and politics has shaped our views of personal responsibility. R. Haskins discusses the three areas of personal decision making in which the nation’s youth and young adults most need to learn and practice personal responsibility are education, sexual behavior and marriage, and work.