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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Respect Dwindling in Schools Among Students and Teachers, Survey Says

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“Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners” - Laurence Stern(novelist)

A recent Harris Poll finds that fewer adults believe teachers respect parents or students — and that fewer also believe parents and students respect teachers.

Linda Schulz, Senior Vice President of School Pulse Research Harris Interactive comments on the poll. Linda Martin, 2014 School Counselor of the Year Finalist for National Association of School Counselors, discusses the progression in the respect climate of schools since she began in 1994.

"A lot of our kids are faced with many challenges that were unknown in previous generations," says Martin. She says many external forces have made kids less respectful at school over time. "I feel strongly there is a formula to reverse that trend."

She says respect among teachers and administrators filters down to students. She says programs offered at schools, and from a young age, impact the outcome of whether students are respectful.

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