Our in-class discussion topic for the week of March 17 will continue to be Courtesy. We will be discussing Courtesy in our lessons together during the month of March. Our in-class discussion lesson this week will consider showing Courtesy over differences of opinion. Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:
“There will always be someone else with a different view than you. I appreciate them, and would never say that they are wrong. I hope that they would give me that courtesy also.” Melissa Etheridge (singer and songwriter)
You will meet many people who think differently than you do, but that doesn’t make either of you right or wrong. Many of us have different opinions about things, which is quite all right. Even when we do things, we might do them differently, but still have the same end results, and that is perfectly fine. For example, you might do your homework right after you get home from school, while your friend does their homework right after dinner. Neither of you is right or wrong — what matters is that you both get your homework done.
Right and wrong are not about having different opinions — they are moral qualities that we all should recognize. Stealing is wrong — nobody should do it. Treating others with Courtesy is right — it is something we should all try to do.
1) Do you think everyone should do things the way you do?
2) Do you get upset when someone doesn’t want to do things the way you do?
3) Do you have to like somebody to treat them with courtesy?
Please use the supplementary material in the March 2014 Parent Letter, as well as the March Kid Kick and Fastbreaks newsletter to help you discuss Courtesy with your family at home.