Well, clearly those people are more than a few years late because children have a problem respecting authority NOW. I am appalled at the the stories I hear about how children are interacting with their teachers. Rude, disrespectful, impolite...need I go on?
Now, add to that the people we don't get an opportunity to hear from on a daily basis like the cafeteria workers, the teachers assistants or the principal.
So, just tell those folks -don't worry- your child will fit RIGHT in when they (I'll use their words) "assimilate into society."
This is interesting.
I work with children at the library and they are rarely rude or disrespectfull. Once in a rare while they get a bit rambunctious, but that is it.
If I can toot my own horn, the program I run at the library are exceptionally well attended.
The moral of this story? If you treat children well and respectfully, they will return in kind.
Now, I am not saying teachers who have rude kids are automatically being rude to pupils. It is the whole system, yk? Asking to go to the bathroom, being judged on everything you say, not being allowed to eat when hungry, having to be queit when there is no real need for it...I could go on and on....
Respect is a strange word. I must admit I do not really like it - it is too misused and too umbrella a term. I prefer to speak about tolerance, flexibility, logic, promoting peace, rights, responsibilites and boundaries. More consice.
Nice topic! I have occasionally thought of posting something similar.