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Just Be Ni Essay

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ce   Just Be Nice
Now that New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has instructed his citizenry to give up their notoriously rude ways, the concept of civility has apparently become safe for national debate. A professor at the Law School has been on the case for some time.May 1998
by Stephen L. Carter '79JDStephen L. Carter '79JD is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at the Yale Law School. This article is adapted from Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy, © 1998 by Stephen L. Carter, and reprinted by arrangement with Basic Books, a division of Perseus Books, LLC. When I was a child, attending grade school in Washington, D.C., we took classroom time to study manners. Not only the magic words we have already discussed ("please" and "thank you") but more complicated etiquette questions, like how to answer the telephone ("Carter residence, Stephen speaking") and how to set the table (we were quizzed on whether knife blades point in or out). And somehow nobody—no children, no parents—objected to what nowadays would surely be viewed as indoctrination.Today instruction of this sort is so rare that when a school tries to teach manners to children, it makes news. So when the magazine U.S. News & World Report ran a story in 1996 about the decline of civility, it opened with what it must have considered the man-bites-dog vignette—an account of a classroom where young people were taught to be polite. Ironically, this newsworthy curriculum evidently teaches a good deal less about etiquette than we learned back at Margaret M. Amidon Elementary School in the sixties, but that is still a good deal more than children learn in most places. Deportment classes are long gone. Now and then the schools teach some norms of conduct, but almost always about sex, and never the most important ones: Do not engage in harassment and Always use a condom seem to be the outer limits of their moral capacity. The idea that sex, as a unique human activity, might require a...

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