Blink! Think! Make Your Choice Use Your Voice
Devise pedagogical programs using age-appropriate methods for doing several things:
1. Creating an understanding of the autonomous and the agentic states and their function
Sometimes people do things they decide to do, and sometimes they do things others have told them they need to do.
What are examples of things “the person decides to do,” and what are examples of “they do what they are told”?
2. Creating awareness of the two states within the experience of those being educated
In your own life, when do you do things you decide?
When do you do things others tell you to do?
3. Creating awareness of how to self-regulate the tendencies of each state
When you decide what to do, what are the kinds of things you need to think about? (Is it safe, fair, enjoyable, hurtful to others, best way, and so forth?)
When you do what others tell you to do, what are the kinds of things you need to think about? (Who is telling you? Does he or she have the right to tell you? Is what he or she is telling you to do harmful? And so forth.)
4. Creating awareness of when to let either state be dominant
Under what conditions is it better to do what others are telling you to do?
Under what conditions is it better to question or resist what you are being told to do, even if it seems hard to refuse?
5. Creating a bridge between the states that preserves personal accountability, despite acting as an agent
When you do what you are told, why are you still responsible for what you do?
Are you always still responsible?
6. Developing the language and skills to translate that sense of accountability into speech and action
If you are not comfortable doing what you are told, how do you say so?
How do you resist doing something even when you are pressured to do it?
– The Book
Timely book by Ira Chaleff that explores how to learn and teach constructive disobedience.
Awarded as Best New Leadership Book of 2015 by Uiversity of San Diego School of Leadership & Education Sciences.
“What exactly is Intelligent Disobedience?“
Listen below to an excerpt from book’s Audible Edition, read by Dave Clark
– The Song (created by Spike Robinson)
Training Course on Courageous Followership & Intelligent Disobedience
Council of International Schools – Leiden (NL), June 2017