The End of Civility: Why Manners Matter

Yep. I went there.



Yes, I’m a teacher. I’m probably hopelessly tainted by all that order and responsibility stuff. I can’t help but notice, though, that our society is becoming increasingly hostile, and I thought maybe a few of our middle school rules might help.

  • Don’t run in the hall. You might hurt yourself or another student. Hey, drivers. That means you don’t have to speed and cut somebody off just to get there ten seconds earlier. The first one to the red light still has to stop. If you want bumper cars, go to an amusement park.
  • If you bump into somebody, say, “Excuse me,” and move on. There are too many victims around here. It won’t kill you to admit that maybe you may have a little responsibility in the matter and maybe taking it to the level of an argument or all-out fight is a little extreme.
  • It’s okay to let…

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