|A 2010 survey of more than 1,000 adults found most believe civility is on the decline. The study cited increased occurrences of cyber bullying, online flaming and the overall display of bad behaviour as signs eroding 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 behaviour flourishes when civility isn’t the norm—this is leading thought leaders like Benet Davetian, director of The Civility Institute, to call for civility to be taught in schools. When he spoke at a conference in Charlottetown, he pointed out that most bullying isn’t physical – it’s “subtle and continual harassment.” He states that teaching civility could encourage students to think of others before themselves, which could result in less bullying.|
What’s more, studies show when civility lessons 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 instil the values of civility in the children we teach and work to reverse the perception of a downward trend in civil behaviour.
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