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Should Schools Teach Etiquette?

No matter how many times I prod them, my kids often forget to say “please” and “thank you.” What’s a mom to do? Send them to a special school where they teach etiquette? It’s a thought.

One private school in Wales is teaching manners to children as young as 3. The youngest students at Llandovery College, in Carmarthenshire will be taught how to write “thank you” notes and will practice saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ according to The Daily Mail.

Older students will learn how to use “net-iquette” when sending e-mails and learn how to present themselves at job interviews. All important skills if you ask me.

‘We want to drive home the message that manners maketh man or woman,” said Ian Hunt, the head teacher at the school. “‘We hope our programme puts old-fashioned manners into a modern context.”

It’s not often that you hear someone use the word “maketh,” but he’s got a point. I’m sure my parents said the same thing about some of my classmates, but kids these days sure can be rude. Have I got some stories for you!

The other day, one of my 8-year-old daughter’s friends invited herself to dinner. When I politely declined, explaining that it  wasn’t a good time for us, she continued to badger me about it. “Why?” she demanded. Then there was the time I bought my friend’s son pizza for dinner he complained that he wanted Chinese food instead.

The UK school will teach kids general manners including “keeping hands out of pockets when talking to someone and writing thank you notes.” They’ll also be instructed that when using a cell phone, speak quietly, ignore calls in movie theaters and restaurants and excuse themselves if they get a call while they’re with someone else.

As for the school’s e-mailing rules, don’t use e-mail to pass on bad news or negative comments. Don’t e-mail about confidential information and think twice before hitting “reply all.” I know more than a few adults who would benefit from these lessons.

What do you think? Should schools be responsible for teaching kids’ manners?

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