Respect or Run? What are Your Teaching your Kids?

September 5, 2009

“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is

that you respect me as a human being.”- Jackie Robinson

For awhile now, I’ve wondered if respect is a lost art. After the ridiculous hoopla over the President’s speech, I’m sure of it. Often my blogs find humor in life’s daily strife. Not this time.

I’m shocked, appalled, and disgusted with my fellow Americans who refuse to let their children listen to our President. Our PRESIDENT. Of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. I agree with Jackie Robinson, it’s not about like and dislike. It’s about respect. The President of the free world deserves to be honored and respected. If you disagree, then disagree. That’s fine with me. In fact, that’s what makes this country so great. But don’t let your children suffer because you’re too terrified to listen.

We should be teaching our children to debate, to think, and to make objections. How can kids find their voice or even understand what they believe in, if they’re kept at home? Does hiding help?

And then, we circle back to respect. Throughout history, both conservative and liberal presidents have spoken to our children. And we listened. We honored the position with respect. In years past the population did not run and hide. What exactly are parents, who refuse to listen to President Obama, teaching their children? Are they the same parents who allow their kids walk off the football field because they don’t like the coach? Do their children walk out of math class because the teacher gave a tough test?  Elders, teachers, coaches, parents, and presidents deserve respect. Dislike and disagree. But listen with respect.


  1. In principal I agree with you. Children do need to understand the concept of respect and not just in the US. However, they also need to be able to question those in authority whoever they may be, and being hidden away will not equip them with the ability to understand other points of view.

    My only criticism of your post is ‘President of the free world’ – is the US the only place that is free? I see no chains here…

  2. Thank you for your blog. You are right; the people who are complaining about Obama’s speech are missing the point– it’s not about Obama, it’s about the office of the President. He deserves respect because he is the President.

    My daughter, who is now 25 years old, reminded me of a President’s Award she got when she was in elementary school. It was some special academic award and was signed by the President. My daughter says that she thought that was the coolest thign because it was the PRESIDENT who had signed it. She didn’t care about Bill Clinton or really know anything about him or his policies– all she cared about was that she had a certificate signed by the President of the United States.

    At some point people need to move beyond the politics and have respect for the office.

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