Respect: Controversy between professors and students sparks debates

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There has been a lot of talk about how times are changing and how young people do not respect their elders like they used to. Why are attitudes of young people changing?

Tim Kissock, risk manager on the Missouri Western campus, talked about what he thinks the difference is from now and then with student’s attitudes.

“I think that people are a little more opinionated. I don’t see a radical change when I think about it,” Kissock said. Although Kissock is older the younger generation does think there is a change in students’ attitudes.

Shanice Williams, freshman accounting major, expressed why our generation attitudes have changed.

“The younger generation is around the same age as their parents. These parents are treating their kids like their friends,” Williams said.

English Professor Bill Church reviews class topics as student Lauren Dillon shows great respect. Though quite a simple occasion respect still must be instilled. Photo | Robin Ussher

Sophomore I’Keim Berger agrees with Williams on the respect issue. “I think there are a lot of young parents and they don’t know how to teach their children respect,” Berger said.

Not everyone agrees with how Williams feels. Freshman Jacqueline Waters expressed her thoughts on the matter.

“I think the staff and the students give the respect that they get. If they don’t get respect they won’t give respect,” Waters said.

It can be hard to define the differences from 30 years ago to now. The world is constantly changing and so are the people in it. For some people 30 years ago it would be disrespectful if you said the word “liar,” or called an adult a liar. But now it isn’t. In some areas it’s respectful to say no ma’am and yes sir, not just “yeah” or “okay.” Berger talked about how he feels it’s all in how someone is brought up that makes them respectful or not. “ I know with my family if you don’t say yes sir or yes ma’am, you’ll get looked at like you’re crazy,” Berger said.

You may hear a little boy tell his mother to shut up, or hear our workers in the business office get talked to disrespectfully. Does that mean that the child is being disrespectful if the mother allows her son to talk to her that way? If a teacher is being disrespectful to you does that mean you can’t say anything back? Or would it be respectful if you didn’t?

William continues to talk about respect. “I think the majority of students know they need to respect their elders. It’s just you have to give respect to get it.” Williams said.

The fact of the matter is, someone can’t give you respect if they don’t respect themselves. So in the end someone is going to have to be the bigger person. It really doesn’t matter what generation you come from. If you were born in the ‘60s, or in the 1900’s or in the year 2005, it all remains the same. Respect is universal; everyone wants it but not everyone gets it. Everyone learns it but not all know how to apply it. Perhaps if we all applied respect to one another, this controversy would subside.

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