Why Manners Matter

The Case for Civilised Behaviour in a Barbarous World

Why Manners Matter

The case for civilized behaviour in a barbarous world. You know what it's like: whether it's the leafblower blaring at 7am or the queue-jumper cutting in at the cinema, there's nothing like an act of rudeness to spoil the day. But why do so many of us get worked up about these examples of incivility? Isn't that just life? Do manners really matter, anyway? Yes! says Lucinda Holdforth in this passionate and elegant essay, drawing on history's great writers and thinkers to argue, unashamedly, that manners are absolutely essential to civilisation. Holdforth wrests the case for good manners away from the knife-and-fork snobs, the exclusivist bores and the corporate fakers, to show how courtesy protects our rights and freedoms, strengthens our communities, and adorns our individual humanity. She shows us that privacy can co-exist with neighbourliness, that intellectual freedom can flourish within agreed social rules, and that civility saves us from over-legislation. Bold, brimming with anecdote and brilliantly conceived, Why Manners Matter is as witty as it is timely, and as forceful as it is charming. This important yet thoroughly entertaining little book will ensure you never take courtesy for granted again.

Hi! Thanks! Bye!

A story about why manners matter.

Hi! Thanks! Bye!

Sometimes we can be so busy living our lives that we forget to look up and see the other people around us. We might even forget to greet them or say thanks or excuse me. This is what happened to Adam and Emily, two children who had to learn a hard lesson when everyone became fed up with their impolite ways.

Interpersonal Communication

Competence and Contexts

Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal Communication: Competence and Contexts prepares students to communicate successfully in today's fast-paced and complex society through the implementation of a unique competence-building model. This highly readable text provides the theories, concepts, and applications in a pedagogically sound format based on a model of communication competence made up of three elements: motivation, knowledge, and skill. Studying interpersonal communication through this distinct framework will provide a foundation for students' motivation to communicate competently, increase their knowledge about communication, and enhance their acquisition and performance of communication skills. Covering a broad range of interpersonal communication themes, including strategic alternatives and solutions to communication challenges and information about friendship, family, romantic, and workplace relationships, this Second Edition presents theories, concepts, and activities with engaging examples and an attention-getting design.

A Civil Tongue

Justice, Dialogue, and the Politics of Pluralism

A Civil Tongue

This book is about a widely shared desire: the desire among citizens for a vibrant and effective social discourse of legitimation. It therefore begins with the conviction that what political philosophy can provide citizens is not further theories of the good life but instead directions for talking about how to justify the choices they make—or, in brief, "just talking." As part of the general trend away from the aridity of Kantian universalism in political philosophy, thinkers as diverse as Bruce Ackerman, Jürgen Habermas, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Richard Rorty have taken a "dialogic turn" that seeks to understand the determination of principles of justice as a cooperative task, achieved in some kind of social dialogue among real citizens. In one way or another, however, each of these different variations on the dialogic model fail to provide fully satisfactory answers, Mark Kingwell shows. Drawing on their strengths, he presents another model he calls "justice as civility," which makes original use of the popular literature on etiquette and work in sociolinguistics to develop a more adequate theory of dialogic justice.

Character Matters

How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues

Character Matters

Award-winning psychologist and educator Thomas Lickona offers more than one hundred practical strategies that parents and schools have used to help kids build strong personal character as the foundation for a purposeful, productive, and fulfilling life. Succeeding in life takes character, and Lickona shows how irresponsible and destructive behavior can invariably be traced to the absence of good character and its ten essential qualities: wisdom, justice, fortitude, self-control, love, a positive attitude, hard work, integrity, gratitude, and humility. The culmination of a lifetime’s work in character education from one the preeminent psychologists of our time, this landmark book gives us the tools we need to raise respectful and responsible children, create safe and effective schools, and build the caring and decent society in which we all want to live.

Manners Matter in the Library

Manners Matter in the Library

In graphic novel format, explains proper etiquette for using a library.

Good Manners in a Restaurant

Good Manners in a Restaurant

Learn which behaviors to use and which ones to avoid to make eating in a restaurant enjoyable for everyone.

Good Manners at School

Good Manners at School

Good manners at school do matter! Learn which behaviors to use and which to avoid to make learning fun for everyone. Then see how these simple lessons can be used in fun stories of etiquette in action. Sidebars and back matter offer advice and did-you-knows about good manners in a number of cultures around the globe. Looking Glass Library is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Group. Grades P-3.

Good Manners in Public

Good Manners in Public

Good manners do matter, from the playground to the restaurant to every day at school. This character education series takes the reader through scenarios of behaviors to both use and avoid, then it combines the simple lessons into a fun story of etiquette in action.

Good Manners at Home

Good Manners at Home

Good manners at home do matter! Learn which behaviors to use and which to avoid to show respect for everyone who lives with you. Then see how these simple lessons can be used in fun stories of etiquette in action. Sidebars and back matter offer advice and did-you-knows about good manners in a number of cultures around the globe. Looking Glass Library is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Group. Grades P-3.