Are good manners a thing of the past?
I work in a senior school and I have to say I have, sadly, found that a large number of children in my school are lacking in even basic manners. There’s no holding doors open and allowing an adult through first, hell they don’t even hold the door open so you can follow them through! ‘Excuse me’ isn’t in their vocabulary, they just push past and look at you as though you’re stupid if you admonish them. I find myself saying “what’s the magic word?” when they ask for something because they never say please. They seem to think it’s OK to ‘Eff and blind’ in your hearing and they look at you with distain if you say you don’t like it. I know a lot of children complain that some adults don’t say thankyou if they hold a door for them, which is unforgivable, but I was always taught just because someone else doesn’t have good manners is no reason for you to let yours slip!
I always say please and thank you and I expect other people to do the same – is that so wrong? I brought my boys up to have good manners, to give up their seats on a bus for an adult, open doors, be courteous, but it seems these days they are in a minority in doing these things.
I know some argue that in these days of Women’s Lib it is an insult to have a man open a door or give up a seat for a woman but I just don’t see it that way. I see it like
Man opens a door for Lady. Lady says...
"I hope you didn't open that door for me because I'm a Lady?"
"No, I opened it because I am a Gentleman".
How do you see it?
Just a reminder.....
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