I'm the assistant manager of a kids group. It's my 2 homeschooled kids + 5 other public schooled kids. They are working on a group project for a robotics competition. There are rubrics and rules for the competition. The kids have to work together and make all of the decisions and end product themselves. Parents can't build anything for them or work on the project at all. The idea is pretty cool. And I like that my homeschooled kids can get some "group project" experience in. However, the lack of basic respect that the other kids show is really astounding. Today they had a 3-hour-long workshop that I drove a bunch of them to and from, and then they had another 2-hour long excursion to get robotic components, which I also drove a bunch of them in carpool fashion. The kids were repeatedly calling me by my first name, "Hey West, am I going to your house after this?", after which I would correct them, "Uh, excuse me, but that's Mrs. Girl to you. Or Miss West. But we're not on a first name basis", and after which they would just call me by my first name again. These kids are like 9 years old. I cannot imagine calling any of my elders by their first name when I was that age--even the really cool older people. Are "mainstream" kids just not being taught basic manners these days? The homeschooling families that we hang out with raise their kids to be very respectful. Other parents are always Mr. or Mrs. without fail, and the younger unmarried ladies who teach the homeschooling co-op classes are Miss. Is this just a public schooling thing? There were a lot of other instances of bad behavior today too, but the name thing bugged me the most.
Parents: teach your kids some basic manners, please.