Modern Manners Monday – Should Etiquette be Taught in Schools?

Should Etiquette be Taught in School?

In a word – YES!  I am a firm believer that etiquette should be added to the subject list as early as elementary school and all the way through high school.  Just like HomeEc is a required subject for most high schoolers, so should Etiquette be.  HOWEVER, I do think that etiquette skills should begin being taught at home and only reinforced and reiterated in school.  It isn’t solely the school systems responsibility to make “our” kids mannerly. 

In my opinion, the more and more high-tech our world gets the less and less etiquette and manners seem to matter.  And it doesn’t apply only to children and teenagers!  Parents and other grown-ups seem to be losing their manners, too.  I guess the old saying is true – “Use it or lose it.” 

Displaying proper manners isn’t difficult…it may take an extra second or minute of your time and it may require you to think about someone other than yourself, but it will pay off for you in the end.  I guarantee you will be more highly regarded as a person which only leads to good things – more friends, getting a job, getting a date, getting ahead in life…the list goes on and on.  So, in my opinion, it goes without saying that children will benefit from the addition of etiquette in the classroom and, who knows, maybe a parent or two will then learn from their children. 

What do you think?  Should etiquette be taught in school?

4 thoughts on “Modern Manners Monday – Should Etiquette be Taught in Schools?

  1. Most definitely YES! I think it should start as early as a child enters school, whether that is preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, whatever. It’s never too early for children to begin learning about that.

    1. And unfortunately, the only training some children would ever get would be through the school system. Working in a medical office seeing children, I try to stay constantly aware that I may be one of the few people in their lives that offer hugs, prizes, advice, and require a “thank you” or “please”!

  2. Absolutely. For every parent teaching manners at home, one isn’t and it would be a shame to miss this opportunity to fit in the gaps. Education is changing as the world changes and subjects like this need to be part of it.

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