Agency Based

“Knowledge acquired under compulsion exerts no hold on the mind.” -Plato

Each of us is a child of a loving Heavenly Father. In His perfect wisdom, He has seen fit to endow each of our souls with agency. This is the ability to think and act for oneself. To act, and not be acted upon. We are not blank slates to be written on by whomsoever pleases. We have individual preferences, passions, and purposes that matter.  We have the ability to self-determine and self-govern our actions, thoughts, and feelings.

Since the inception of compulsory education, the agency of students and parents alike has been slowly eroded. Have you ever stopped to think about the word compulsory? The Latin root “compuls” literally means to be driven or forced. How does this make you feel? Warm and fuzzy? Not likely. And–surprise–our children don’t like it either! Our desire to exercise our agency is innate and it is powerful. We have been created to naturally seek greater understanding and learning. Children have a strong, inborn curiosity that drives them to progress. The only thing that can squelch this forward momentum is force.