Webster’s dictionary describes RESPECT in three different terms:

  1. : a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important, etc.
  2. : a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way
  3. : a particular way of thinking about or looking at something

In short, the best way to explain it is this “Do unto others as you would like them to do to you.”  It’s called The Golden Rule.  And it’s oh so true.

So, what do we tell our kids and students?  Well, here’s what I suggest.  We explain to them that thinking before you speak or act is the right thing to do.  If you say something to another person, think to yourself “How would I feel if that person said that to me?”.  If you’re doing something to or with someone.  Say to yourself “How would I feel if that person did that to or for me?”

That’s it.  Simple and sweet.  If we treat others as we’d like to be treated, the world will be a better place.

I welcome your comments.

Dedicated to adding character to the classroom.
John Abrams –
Southern California’s Top Elementary School Assembly Performer

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