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September 16, 2009 · 2 Comments

Most of you have probably seen or heard about the three incidents in the sports, political, and music world over the past week.

  • Tennis player Serena Williams using profane language to threaten a line judge
  • Congressman Joe Wilson’s disruption during a Presidential Address
  • Rapper Kanye West’s rude interruption during the MTV Awards.

Before these events took place the Lane Staff had made a commitment to focus more on student manners or “soft skills.”  If we are going to help the whole child become successful then we need to make sure students know how to act appropriately.  Some might say this sounds “old school.”  Whatever we want to call it, it makes sense to me.  Hopefully some of our more public personalities can help us out.

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  •   Val // Sep 20th 2009 at 9:23 am

    I support the idea. As parents, we work on this a lot at home. However, children learn many things not only from the media, but from their peers, so this might be an area where schools could help. Examples from adults are good, to show the reality of the situation, but do you think involving peers and finding out how kids feel in various situations might be more effective? Maybe through plays, films, role-playing?

  •   Kristina Philipson // Oct 8th 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Rob,

    I applaud you for doing this. Unfortunately, many of the TV shows our children see depict rude behavior as perfectly acceptable. So, parent and teacher modeling aren’t always enough. I agree that role playing might be a good tool for teaching these invaluable skills.

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