“Happiness varies more with the quality of
human relationships than with income.”
– World Happiness Report, presented at the United Nations Conference on Happiness
Call us old-fashioned. For all the impassioned talk about ‘21st century skills’ and life-changing advances in technology, manners remain at the core of what makes the world go around.
Our grade fives went on a field trip the other day. At KCS we directly teach, practice, review and remind students of behavior that is right. Before leaving to get on the TTC, the grade five teachers did so.
Here is Mr. Sawyer’s account of what followed: “…the thing that stands out most in my mind was the excellent manners that the students displayed on the subway…I felt so proud watching students in our class get up and offer their seats to elderly passengers or to women with small children. I also saw two occasions where a boy from our class offered their seat to a lady. All of this was done without me saying a word…I had many people comment to be about the excellent manners of our students. I agree!!!!!!!”
Positive relationships with others, nourished through the use of manners, have always mattered. Encouragingly, in a world that has sometimes forgotten the importance of this, it is starting to get the public attention it deserves.
Offering your seat, holding the door open for others, welcoming visitors to the school, and greeting others each day are but a few of the ways in which ‘doing what is right’ is practised at KCS. Practice makes perfect.
Grade fives, that was perfect.
Assistant Head, Academics
Kingsway College School
Bravo to your grade fives. Having a good manners will be a real benefit to them when they become young adults looking for jobs. York College of PA’s 2011 study on professionalism reported that 96.0% of the HR respondents reported that one’s professionalism affects the likelihood of being hired. What is professionalism? It’s basically etiquette in the workplace. Keep up the good work, grade fives, and eventually you will be working!
Thank you for your comment! It’s an extra powerful message when they hear this from more than their teachers and parents. Let’s keep spreading the word that manners matter.