Blame or Responsibility

I was walking home one day from school and saw 2 teenagers arguing. Apparently, they had been assigned a history project and they had both received an F.

Because it was a group project, I did not see how they had failed, having followed all the instructions. I decided to dig deeper. What I found out was that only one of them had done the project as a favor to the friend. The teacher found out.

Blame and responsibility are two words that get confused and misused all the time.


Merriam Webster’s definition of Blame:
  • to express one’s unfavorable opinion of the worth or quality of
  • responsibility for wrongdoing or failure
  • the state of being held as the cause of something that needs to be set right

Who was to blame for the failed grade?


Merriam Webster’s definition of responsibility:
  1. the quality or state of being responsible: such as:
    • a:¬†moral, legal, or mental accountability
    • b:¬†Reliability, Trustworthiness
  2. something for which one is responsible: Burden

Who is responsible for the failed grade?

The one that did not do the work or the one that did the work? Why?