RESPECT IS HONOURING AND HOLDING IN HIGH ESTEEM ANOTHER PERSON, BELIEF, OR THING
Many students do not have a clear understanding of ‘respect’. They hear the word but cannot accurately define it. It is an educator’s (parents and teachers) responsibility to ensure all learners are able to understand the vocabulary we use. and the meaning of the term. Respect is vital for building trust. Respect guides compassion.
When we look to define explicitly the value of respect, there are three keys to support deeper understanding:
Respect for self – we start understanding respect by being kind to ourselves, respecting our strengths and what we can offer to others.
Respect for others – empathy, sympathy and tolerance are built on our respect for each other, considered the Golden Rule. Trust is based on our mutual respect.
Respect for the Environment (which includes property and nature) is accepting the importance of protecting, preserving and taking care of creatures, habitats, resources, rules & things.
A useful video to highlight respect is of President Obama – who after forgetting to salute a marine, returns and apologises:
Service as Leadership
Once we have defined respect, we are able to promote the benefits. There is much research to show helping others is a path to happiness.