I’ve written a lot on idea of student agency (see The Best Resources On Student Agency & How To Encourage It).
Simply put, Agency is the ability to be pro-active in determining one’s life path and not just react to the surrounding circumstances. Agency also recognizes that outside factors provide some limitations, and that people have some ability to influence and determine one’s response to them.
I wrote about some of the highlights of President Obama’s speech at the Memorial Service for the slain Dallas police officers (see Video & Transcript: President Obama At Dallas Memorial Service).
However, I overlooked a part of his talk applicable to agency, and didn’t find it until a New York Times columnist featured it in his article (see With Obama, the Personal Is Presidential).
Here it is: