someone who has given their life to something bigger than oneself
Referring to our learners as ‘heroes’ comes deliberately and earnestly. It’s not intended to be a feel-good gesture; rather, it’s to introduce and emphasize the fact that everyone in life, regardless of age, is on a Hero’s Journey, and that they should recognize and face the trials and tribulations of that journey as a Hero each and every day.
The Hero’s Journey is a classic story structure found in ancient myths to modern novels, from religious to classical literature to drama to popular culture. In fact, the plot of every Disney movie follows the Hero’s Journey. The Hero’s Journey describes the path of a protagonist who heeds a call to adventure, leaves behind their known world, overcomes opposition, and returns to the starting place having transformed. The greatest triumph is the change that takes place internally. This universal myth represents the original human drama that animates each individual’s journey through the ups and downs of life.
Acton uses this monomyth to illustrate and explore the adventure of learning. Eagles learn that heroes are people who get up when they fall down. The basic question we ask ourselves on our journey is this: “How can I use my talents in a way that brings me joy and serves others?” Being on a Hero’s Journey means actively seeking to answer that question.
Stages of the Hero’s Journey:
At Acton, we look to equip our Heroes with the habits and skills needed throughout the stages of their Hero’s Journey. With guides as mentors and fellow Eagles as allies and helpers, Heroes are emboldened and prepared for whatever may lie ahead and, especially, to find their calling and change the world someday.
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