Importance of Civility

Civility Empowerment Lesson thumb with role models

Importance of Civility (2:05)

“Understand that you can have a civil conversation. You can even have a civil debate. But you don’t have to be mean about it. You don’t have to become angry. You don’t have to fight. You don’t have to name-call. Just be civil.”

Role models in order of appearance: Sadie Yarrington, Chloe Davis, Jamila Glass, Susan Wulff, Marion Kuszyk, Allison Jewett, Susan V. Booth, Loretta Greco, and Kiara Felder.

Video Transcript

One topic that is near and dear to my heart is the topic of civility. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Even when you’re in the right and they’re in the wrong, you still have to maintain that level of respectfulness. You cannot allow your guard to drop, and you have to make sure that your answer or your response to any situation is professional and respectful.

Speaking even to people you view as your opponents in a measured, diplomatic, not condescending voice is so critical.

Understand that you can have a civil conversation. You can even have a civil debate. But you don’t have to be mean about it. You don’t have to become angry. You don’t have to fight. You don’t have to name-call. Just be civil.

So you can still be right and be happy about being right, but there’s no point in making anyone else feel bad about being wrong.

You never know what someone is going through in a day and just a kind word or a thank you or a compliment how that may affect them and may brighten their day. Always be conscious of what you’re saying to one another.

You never know who you might work with again. And somebody that you worked with 10 years ago might end up being your boss 10 years from now. And I think it’s important to be kind to one another. I think it’s important to respect everyone’s values and viewpoints, and everyone will respect you more if you give that same level of respect to other people.

The way you are matters professionally. It’s not all about your resume and all these other things, but it’s also the side of you of your integrity and what you believe in. Are you honest? Are you kind? How do you treat other people around you? It will be noticed and people who are also kind and look out for fellow good people.

Discussion Guide

Importance of Civility Independent Learning Guide: This all-purpose guide can be used by educators, parents, and mentors to jumpstart a lively discussion about what it means to be civil to each other.

Classroom Lesson Plan

How do you react when someone is rude to you? What type of language do you use when you disagree with a friend? These situations call for civility! But what is civility? And how can you apply this important skill to your life? Let’s find out!

Importance of Civility Classroom Lesson Plan: This step-by-step lesson plan is available to guide a more in-depth “before, during, and after” learning experience when viewing the video with students. This lesson plan is also suitable for use in after-school programs and other educational settings.

Fun Page Activity

Importance of Civility Fun Page Activity – What does someone say when they are being civil? What about then they are not being civil? Use this activity to think about the language of civility and how you can use words to be more civil to others in your own life.