In every training session at Northwest Austin ATA, we focus on a different life skill. Students are asked to complete a mini project on the current life skill in order to earn permission to test for their next rank. This past session we studied “Respect” which is “not what you know, it’s what you DO”.
Reading the words of our students, primarily ages 6-14, makes me feel great about the future leaders we are training. As a parent, these are the kids I’d like to have my own children associate with.
Below see some short excerpts from our students projects.
“Know that people have different opinions and/or ways of doing things, but don’t say anything rude or judgemental”
“Many believe respect is simply gifted, the lucky person being granted one of the worlds greatest desires. However, I beg to differ. Respect shouldn’t be simply gifted by luck, being born into class, status. Respect should be earned by actions, proving you worthy of this privilege.”
“Respect is to honour people when he/she is being nice to you, and elders. Example: you tripped and then somebody helps you stand up so you say thank you out of respect”
“I try to show respect by helping out, encouraging, and being nice to others. Without respect people would be fighting, arguing, and criticizing.”
“Respect builds feelings of trust”
“I can show respect by listening to my parents”
“…it’s also showing good manners such as saying please and thank you. Everything we do and say effects others so respect is the right way to control that …. I show respect by always trying to understand how others feel and how what I say would impact them”
“Respect is like honesty because being honest shows respect”
“Respect is showing others that they are worth your time, your effort, your undivided attention. Put your phone away when talking to someone. Ask them about things they care about. Smile! And remember to show respect to yourself, too”
“Treat others how you want to be treated”
“Respect doesn’t mean you have to agree on everything. You don’t even have to like a person to respect them. You just have to try to understand them, and acknowledge that they are human with their own hopes and dreams, just like you”
“Respect plays a role in everyones everyday life, whether you recognize it or not…. If you are not respectful, you will be disrespected.”
“Respect is treating others with kindness”
“Respect is when you are nice, and when you listen to your parents”
“To me, respect means honoring others / being nice, even if you don’t know them. Every person is different and everyone deserves to have respect.”