Saturday, April 12, 2008

Play Nice!

Lately the news has been filled with stories of students ganging up on an art teacher, a 10-year-old and 11-year-old pulling another child to the ground and kicking and beating her so severely that she ended up with a broken hip and of clandestine meetings where high-school students gather to watch fistfights between two other students. One thing that is certain is that kids are not being taught respect and manners anymore. When I was a child we played games that invoked learning the niceties of society. Games like "Mother May I", "Red Rover", and "Red Light, Green Light" taught us to take turns, to share and to make polite requests.

It doesn't take a genius to see that the learning of social manners is being neglected to significant degrees. Perhaps the software designers of electronic games should stop designing games of violence and start designing games where the hero gets through the castle doors by demonstrating how to say please and thank you.

Parents need to start taking responsibility for being parents and request that their children use manners in the home and that they show respect for others. Being civil in our relationships with one another is necessary to prevent chaos in society! Mom

1 comment:

  1. I'm in agreement with parents taking responsibility ! In SC this past week, a 13 year old had a 9mm gun, of which he
    treatened a 7 yr old girl. That took place on the school bus. The little girl, told the bus driver. Thank goodness, the child was not afraid to tell someone. I do not know what type home either of the children came from, but obvious the girl had been taught to respect, as well as not being afraid to speak out against some one that has no respect of others.
    I think more parents and grandparents should get back to setting examples for their children ! Not expect the under paid teachers to teach manners and respect,along with their overload of teaching. Auntie JE