I recently saw the French movie Entre les murs, (The Class), 2008, which depicted a teacher that taught French to a group of racially diverse high school students in France. Most of the teachers were well meaning but seemed to be dealing with a lot of antiquated institutional policies that unfortunately seemed to miss the boat when connecting with the students. (“Maybe we should have a point system and take away points for bad behavior” was one idea at a recent staff meeting). While the French teacher was no Erin Gruwell he did have a way of reaching the students that the others did not. Continue reading Rules for Respect?