Thursday, October 28, 2010

Some Thoughts on Respect

I know it is rare that I post on something serious, but I feel like this is important enough to put out there in as many ways as possible.
I am feeling a little disheartened by the lack of respect that I see in the world lately.

For example, in my work.  Remember when we were children?  Would we have dared to talk back to a teacher at school?  Or openly defy our parents?  Kids today are not the same.  They are more brazen, and less concerned with consequences.  Also more confident that their parents will bail them out of whatever situation they may find themselves in, and less fearful that their parents will be angry with the choices they've made.  It's often not enough for children anymore to know that they may disappoint their parents- which for J and me, was far worse than a spanking or being grounded.

When I first moved south, I was shocked and dismayed that people were referring to me as "ma'am."  I felt that this should be reserved for little old ladies, and I was clearly a youngin'.  But I quickly learned to love this sign of respect.  I prefer for my students to address me this way, and I have incorporated "sir' and "ma'am" into my own vocabulary.

But aside from America's youth, who we may cut some slack because of their age (or perhaps bad parenting), I have found myself utterly disappointed with some of America's adults.

Specifically, members of the news media.

I cannot tell you how many times recently I have heard our President referred to as "Mr. Obama."

I PROMISE you, I absolutely do not care what your politics are.  This has nothing to do with Republicans vs. Democrats.

This has to do with RESPECT.

Whether or not you think our President is doing a good job, whether or not you voted for him, whether or not you hope to see him win another term or become a one-term wonder, I do not care.  The fact of the matter is that he is your President, the leader of your country, your Commander-in-Chief.

The fact of the matter is, he has been elected to run our nation.  That should certainly earn him enough respect to be properly referred to as either "Mr. President" or at the very least, "President Obama."

Nothing else is acceptable.  Period.

For shame, news media.  Your job is to present the news, not to present your judgment.  And frankly, your lack of respect merely makes you look ignorant in the eyes of many.

Thoughts on respect?


  1. I could not agree with you more, especially when it comes to our President. If you don't like the man that is one thing, but the position still requires a certain level of respect.

    I recently had the "pleasure" of entertaining two teenagers in my house for a few days. I was horrified at the lack of respect they had for their mother. And since it was my house and since I'm just that kind of person, I spoke up to the lack of respect and demanded that they change their tune while in my house. They did.


  2. You go girl!! I couldn't agree with you more!



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