There is no right or wrong answer. If kids feel respected, I'd like to know more. If they don't, I'd like to know how it makes them feel about learning.
Here are some ideas for figuring out if you are really being respected:
- Do your teachers know you well? Do they honor you for your abilities, your interests, even your passions?
- Do they allow you to be comfortable, i.e. go to the bathroom, stand or sit or walk around when you need to?
- Are you doing work that satisfies you, and keeps you wanting more?
- Do you sit in rooms that you'd rather leave and do something else?
- Do you or your classmates get yelled at?
- Do you feel trusted?
- Do you have rights over your possessions?
- Is your voice heard when you have something to say?
Share the answers with your school board and your school principal, but if you like, sent them to me, as well. I'd like to compile a post of kids' answers.
So don't be content with a yes or no answer. Ask them why. Ask them how they'd like to be treated. Write it down or have your kids write their answers, and send them to me. (I won't publish any names, of course!)
Let me hear from you!