Manners make the man. Manners in the schoolroom are as important as they are everywhere else.
Come to class punctually. If you are late, an apology should be made to the teacher either at the time or after class. Repeated lateness is a form of rudeness, as a latercomer takes away everyone’s attention from the lesson.
It is bad manners in the classroom to talk while anyone else is talking. If you have something to say on the subject, wait till you have a chance and say it to the whole class. If it is not on the subject, keep it till the class is over. Thoughtlessness of others is considered bad manners at any time in any place. Don’t interrupt anyone who is reciting or speaking. It is also bad manners to keep silent when the teacher asks you a question. If you do not know the answer, say so immediately in a voice loud enough for the whole class to hear.
It is bad manners in the classroom as it is elsewhere to look at anything your neighbor has written, or to try to see what mark he has received without asking for his permission. In exanimations and in certain kinds of written work intended to measure a student’s own progress, it is not only dishonest but foolish to help or to ask for help from one another.
It is bad manners to laugh at another’s mistake or bad fortune. Just realize how you feel yourself when laughed at. Unfortunate people should be treated with real kindness.
Looking down on others is one of the worst forms of rudeness. If your friend does not have as much money, he may have more brains. You will discover very fine qualities in the person you are tempted to laugh at, if you are friendly and open-minded.
It is good manners for students to help the teacher by doing what they can do. Students can help their teacher to wipe the blackboard, to shut or open the doors or windows, and to collect or distribute papers. This kind of help is always appreciated.
Good manners are especially important in the library. The general rule is: Do not do...