|A 2010 survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults found most Americans believe civility is on the decline. The study cited increased occurrences of cyber bullying, online flaming and the overall display of bad behavior as signs eroding American civility. The survey also indicates that almost all participants (94 percent) see lack of civility as a problem—65 percent of those feel it is a major issue.Why should we care? Because bad behavior flourishes when civility isn’t the norm—this is leading schools across the nation to incorporate proper behavior into their curriculums. Brigham Young University associate professor Paul Caldarella, who has researched and published on the topic of civil behavior and its importance, notes students need to be taught expectations for appropriate behavior and then need to have those expectations reinforced. It is further stated that studies show that when civility teachings are properly implemented, the school climate improves, resulting in less disciplinary action and less fighting. So how can you promote civility in the classroom? Read on for some helpful tips.|
Civility in the classroom
Because there is no true measurement of civility, we can’t know for sure if it is declining, inclining or staying the same. However, as educators, we can instill the values of civility on the children we teach and work to reverse the perception of a downward trend in civil behavior.
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