Woodbury students are incredible: they are polite, hardworking and kind.
I teach 140 students every day—they vary in maturity levels and awareness of others—but they all take their cues from the adults around them.
I would politely suggest you take note of the “adult” rude behavior you see daily—while driving, shopping, parking (who doesn't have a “rude” parking lot story?).
But also take note of all the wonderful and kind behavior—at the mall and in the halls of your work environments.
My students come to class full of stories about their volunteering, their work with younger students, mentoring them and helping them develop a stake in the community. We all have a stake in the community, and the community has a stake in its kids.
Calling out the bad is fine, but here is a shout out to the good.
—Karen Morrill, Minneapolis