Leah, sorry I mistook you for Judy! I don't think that all the manners are
necessary, actually. I have had a rough time with "Yes Maam and No Sir".
Down south we are trained to say these in answer to an adult. But my Mom
was from Indiana and she told me that these manners are southern and not
needed in the Northern hemisphere. She taught me plenty of good manners,
but "Yes Maam and No Sir" were not necessary. In fact I've had far too many
students who used these expressions in a sarcastic manner and I wanted to
scream. Then when you talk to their parents about disrespecting you, the
parent says "He just answered you saying 'Yes Maam'"! Anyway, I was
thinking you were serious about that!!! Ha, ha...
Idus in southern Mississippi
----- Original Message -----
From: "artappeal" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 1:06 PM
Subject: Re: Speaking of Restrooms....
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Donald Arcement" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > P.S. Your kids are taught to say "May I use the Restroom"? How did you
> > accomplish this???? Please answer!!!
> Dear Idus,
> I'm the one who wrote this. Many of the teachers in my school, especially
> the kindergarten teachers, feel it is their job to teach students how to
> polite. Students are taught to say, "Good morning Mrs...," "Please,"
> "Thank you," and of course, "May I please use the restroom." They are
> taught not to interrupt adults who are talking unless it's an emergency,
> in that case they should say, "Excuse me." Most students have even
> not to walk between two people who are talking. I reap the benefits of
> strong kindergarten teachers. Plus, if you don't let them use the
> until they ask politely, they will learn quickly.