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Give a little respect

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March 6, 2013 | 1,771 views | Post a comment

By Taylor Peña:

Fight the man! Resist Authority! Remember the First Amendment! YOLO!

These phrases for a cause have been taken far out of context to appease humanity’s flaws.

First off, the leaders of revolts against authority, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and anti-war protestors, did not fight the “man” of government just so teenagers could use their slogans as a way to disrespect others. “Resist Authority” was meant to give strength to anti-segregationists in order to peacefully reject the white man’s laws. This strong expression was not created for the use of rebelling high school students to completely disregard administration.

Certain students need to realize there is a very bold line between what is right and what is wrong. Are there not parents that preach and preach on respect? What happened to “in order to get respect, you must give it”?

Yes, there are certain things staff or administration do that are completely aggravating, but I’m curious as to who gave teenagers the authority to give immensely rude responses. In strict households, parents would pop their child right in the mouth for use of such language. Coming from stern parents, if I were to say half of what the student body says to teachers, my parents would shove soap so far down my throat I’d be burping bubbles for weeks.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not harping on parenting strategies; it’s about common courtesy. It is common courtesy for someone in a lower position than another to be respectful. It’s not like you’re servile to teachers. Is it too much to ask for eight short hours to say “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am”? One thing I truly admire about the Karnes City High School Highsteppers is their mandatory obligation to manners. Those girls know what respect is; those girls would never backtalk their sponsor, Emily Gotthardt, or roll an eye at Mrs. Melanie Johnson. Being mindful is not that hard, people; it’s truly not.

I highly doubt that any of the student body has really taken into consideration what our staff and administration do for us. Teachers stay long hours before and after school to get plans ready, grade papers, and help out our student body. Some even dedicate their weekends to coaching or sponsoring. Our principal goes to meetings, makes decisions, and is hounded for answers all day long, five days a week, and we completely disregard authority. No one, especially hard-working adults like them, deserves to be treated so harshly by children --again, don’t mistake my words. I am not calling us “children,” but to an adult, that is what we are. When we are adults, that is what we will think of teenagers.

Look through another’s perspective at your actions. If you think you’re doing the right thing by cussing out your math teacher or sassing it up with the coach, think again. It is never okay to be disrespectful. Even if someone treats you wrong, smile and turn the other cheek. Don’t give people a reason to look down upon you. It’s the golden rule. For goodness sake, respect is golden!

Taylor Peña, a Karnes City High School junior, is managing editor of the Badger Times. She feels aggravated over how some students don’t take responsibility for their actions -- and how parents often don’t have much discipline.

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