|Tuesday Slice of Life with Two Writing Teachers|
I walked to school a new way the other day.
I happened upon a billboard displaying an elementary school's motto:
set up as an acrostic.
The letter "L" was for LEARNING.
The letter "E" was for EARN RESPECT.
I became completely transfixed by those last two words...
and never read further
what "A" and "D" meant.
It echoed with each step I took to school.
Wow, those two words together really rankle.
Is the goal for students to EARN respect?
To say that your mission is for students to EARN RESPECT implies that
students arrive without respect.
I wonder, what am I missing here?
Am I misinterpreting the message?
I wonder, how does a student earn respect?
What does he/she have to do?
I wonder about the word choice.
I wonder about highlighting this in one's motto.
Making this your community goal.
If I reduced my goals for students to four things,
as a four letter "LEAD" motto tends to do,
I can't imagine that I'd ever end up with
why not "learn respect"?
or, "expect to be shown respect"?
or, "see respect modeled by one and all"?
or, "You will be respected"?
or, "We respect you."
I hope my students feel respected by me.
I believe if they feel respected by me,
they will learn to be respectful,
to be respectful of others...their peers, their teachers, their siblings, on and on.
Should we demand that our students earn respect?
Should we provide a loving, caring, respectful environment
where they know they are cared about
and they feel
in their bones
our respect for them?
What does a child have to do to earn my respect?
Show up in my class.