34 thoughts on “Teach Respect

  1. Generalizations are never true, especially this one. A parent, or set of parents, can do only so much. At some point the child reaches an age where he or she will be guided by social media, peer pressure and a myriad of other influences over which the best of parents has no control. Why put a guilt trip on a parent who, in the notion of good stewardship, has done the absolute best he or she could and still has a child elect to follow a different drumbeat?

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    • As a teacher, I’ve discovered that teachers are no longer just stewards of knowledge, but stand-by parents, as well. More times than not, I find myself having to teach the basics to my students-please, thank you, etc. These standards of respect should be taught at home, yet they are not always. This meme is more true than false. The number of people with half the mind to realize they need to teach their kid “stuff” is dwindling.

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      • I’ve heard that over and over again. I find it shocking. As you said: Those are the basics. If you as a teacher have to “waste” time teaching the kids things they should already know from home, you can’t do your job in the way it’s supposed to be done. And it will hit you in the face again. And the kids…

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  2. I agree that the best place for a child to learn respect is at home.Children can often go off to the beat of a different drum but they can still hold core values. I would however like to see respect reinforced by lessons in school teaching about the different respects, for property, for values and for people.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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      • I think it does. These are their formative years, and we certainly try to make good use of the time we are afforded as their primary influence. I believe it becomes who they are at their core. Then, when called upon, those core values always win out.

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  3. I am of two minds about this (as I am on so many things!) On the one hand, yes, parents must teach respect. However, if they also allow negative influences inside their homes (negative video games, music, movies, things that teach the opposite message the parents intend to be conveyed), then the lesson of disrespect can and probably will be disregarded. And if the culture around them teaches disrespect, then it will be doubly difficult for the lessons of respect to stick. Not impossible. But difficult. The older the kids get, the harder it is, too. (Says the parent of an almost thirteen-year-old girl.) So teach them the lesson while they’re young, when they’re still listening to you, rather than whatever is playing in their ipod! 🙂

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    • Hahaha… I totally agree with you. And again I’m using the idea of planting a seed. You plant it. You water it, you put it in the right spot. But there are still the influences from the outside you have no control of (well, most of them). If you keep looking after the plant as well as you can, it might grow strong. Do you have a guarantee? Nope…

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  4. Like fattymccupcakes said, as teachers we end having to this along with our regular studies. Teaching starts at home and no matter what games, what social media they use, they can still be taught please and thank you and may I.

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      • But do you find it at all hypocritical that the poster that started this thread features a person who has become fabulously wealthy as an actor in such films as “Pulp fiction” and the “Die Hard” series? How many impressionable young folk have been diverted from “home teaching” by hero worshipping this sort of entertainment? How can we, as responsible adults, continue to claim that pandering to the lowest common denominators in entertainment, educational standards and social mores is a benign practice, having no effect on developing minds?

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