If you were asked what the word “respect” meant to you, how
would you respond? This was asked of fifth graders in a contest in Nashville,
Tennessee, where they were asked to illustrate their idea of respect.
The idea behind the project was to foster a greater awareness of the meaning
of respect first and foremost, but also to explore how that meaning can
be put into practice in the way we relate to one another.
How Children Learn Respect
Teachers play a huge role in preparing a child—not only in the classroom,
but also for the future. Children need a nurturing environment where they
may be allowed to explore their thoughts and express those adequately.
At the same time, they must be able to do so in a disciplined way. Teachers
can help their students understand the difference between right and wrong
and help them expand their views to be more open-minded, tolerant, and
ready to tackle challenges.
The problem that the education system faces, unfortunately, is that the
climate in the way we treat one another has become rather self-centered
and thus a loss of meaning behind “respect.” Thanks to The
Research Project contest, this is helping to bring greater awareness and
Respect for the Future and Beyond
Fifth graders who are being educated in underserved or underprivileged
areas are given the opportunity to compete. The rules are simply to illustrate
what they believe respect means. The top four winners are given anywhere
from $150 up to $500 to donate to the charity of their choice. Tom Rhodes
Law Firm P.C., friends of the law firm that introduced the contest, also
donated money to charities on behalf of the winner.
Fostering respect in youth is a lifelong lesson to take away, and is an
important ideal to continue well into an adulthood. In the legal profession, our
San Antonio personal injury lawyers at Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C. strive to not only be respectful towards our
clients wishes, but we do so in a way that is ethical, within reason,
and of course, respectful to the law.
Please feel free to
contact our firm if you have any questions about The Respect Project or would like to talk
with our attorneys about a case you may have.