Posted 18 March, 09on:
I wish Nintendo would invent a video game that taught manners because, clearly, many children are not learning manners from their parents. I don’t insist on a “Yes, ma’am,” but a simple “please” and “thank you” would be nice. Some students are fairly respectful towards adults but treat their peers horribly. Manners know no age limits.
For me, it is the little during the day that are infuriating. A student left her binder in the cafeteria. I walked all the way to the other end of the school to return it. There was no “thank you.” I wanted to smack her with that binder. Because I am shorter than many students, they often don’t realize I am adult when I am lost in the sea of students during a class change. Students will bump into me, not gently, and never say “sorry” or “excuse me.” Sometimes I even get an angry “move” or “get out of my way.” Those students quickly get the message that I am a teacher and they will be late for their next class after I finish ranting at them.
Students who are on athletic teams must get a weekly grade report signed by each teacher. Many of them will shove the paper in my face, literally inches from my nose. They won’t even say anything, just shove it my face. Of course, I push it away. Then student will say, “Ya gotta sign this.” I respond with “I don’t have to sign anything. Perhaps if you asked nicely, I might be persuaded to sign it.” It takes a few tries to get a reluctant and petulant “Would you please sign this” out of them. I do sign it, but I also note that the student was rude.
Parents, teacher your children manners. They can learn because students are lovely and delightful. They were not just born that way. Some one taught them manners somewhere along the way.