This course is not available in the 2020/2021 school year. It may be offered in the 2021/2022 year. We have left this page up for informational purposes.
For students aged 10 to 18. (Parents may observe from the back of the room, provided space is available.)
This highly-interactive and energetic course is about etiquette–or commonly-expected behaviors. Rather than just giving a bunch of rules, however, it starts with the “Why?”. And here’s that Why: Since we are born into a world where there are other people here already, it makes sense to give some thought about how to live and work together with others in an orderly, fair, and efficient way. The underlying principle of all this will be what is commonly known as The Golden Rule–which has been taught and honored in one version or another across a great many cultures for several thousand years.
The course will be capped at 30 students.
We’ll cover things like the following (and we’re open to considering further suggestions from parents):
- Introducing oneself
- Looking others in the eye during conversation
- Speaking at an appropriate volume
- Screaming is only for emergencies
- Sharing / Taking turns
- Keeping walkways clear for traffic
- How to apologize
- How to accept an apology
- How to say “please” and “thank you”
- How to behave (well) in a restaurant and in other public venues
- How to cooperate with others on groups tasks
- The social importance of good hygiene
- Understanding and fitting in with local cultures–such as why in some places, you had better not wear your hat indoors, and you had better say, “Yes, M’am,” when talking to your Momma.
- Et cetera
A Code of Conduct agreement is required for this course. You may download the form below, print it, sign it, and bring it to the first class meeting.
Mondays, 1:50 p.m. to 2:35 p.m.
September 9 through December 2, 2019.
(This is a 12-week course, and will not meet on December 9, as do the rest of our courses.)
This course meets only in the Fall semester.
The recommended donation for this course is $30 per student per semester ($10 per month). Please read this article.
Students should bring a notebook and pen to class each week. While the course isn’t particularly academic by nature, there may occasionally arise a need to make note of something. Further, there may be occasional handouts of regular printing paper size. It would be good if their notebooks had a pocket sufficient to hold such papers.