EVERYBODY DESERVES TO BE RESPECTED
CRISTINA L. PABUSTAN
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, respect is a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, good, valuable, or important and should be treated in an appropriate way. This is how we want other people to treat us. And this is also what we want to show to other people.
In the school set-up, teachers meet students who can be termed as likeable and unlikeable. Those who are likeable are the ones that are easy to appreciate. These are the students who are good, well-mannered, intelligent, their appearance is neat, and whom we can easily depend on and do tasks immediately. On the other hand, students that are regarded as unlikeable are those that behave badly especially inside the classroom, those that bully their fellow students, those that are attention-seekers, and students that are unruly that tend to disrupt classes, and the opposite of the likeable students.
As teachers, we deal with a lot of students that have diverse personalities. And we want every single student to respect us whatever character they may be. But as the one in-charge in the four corners of the classroom, we have to be the first and foremost model of respect because respect is not totally equivalent to liking a student. Instead, it is the capability to have the utmost regard for the role of another whether that person is a student or a teacher.
In order to gain respect, we have to demonstrate it first to establish that connection to everybody and it will eventually spread to every single person that we encounter.
The author is Teacher II at Pampanga High School