Civility: The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct

"Civility is not a sign of weakness." John F. Kennedy


1. "In Memory of P.M. Forni: The Case for Civility in the Classroom and Beyond" (post) honours an instructor known "for his work on the history and theory of civility."

He cofounded "the Johns Hopkins Civility Project (JHCP): 'An aggregation of academic and community outreach activities ... aimed at assessing the significance of civility, manners and politeness in contemporary society'" and wrote two books on civility (the first. especially, being a recommended resource for class management):

2. The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct (each a chapter heading in Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct -- and helpful reminders for everyone)

  • "Pay Attention"
  • "Acknowledge Others"
  • "Think the Best"
  • "Listen"
  • "Be Inclusive"
  • "Speak Kindly"
  • "Don't Speak Ill"
  • "Accept and Give Praise"
  • "Respect Even a Subtle 'No'"
  • "Respect Others' Opinions"
  • "Mind Your Body"
  • "Be Agreeable"
  • "Keep It Down (and Rediscover Silence)"
  • "Respect Other People's Time"
  • "Respect Other People's Space"
  • "Apologize Earnestly"
  • "Assert Yourself"
  • "Avoid Personal Questions"
  • "Care for Your Guests"
  • "Be a Considerate Guest"
  • "Think twice Before Asking for Favors"
  • "Refrain from Idle Complaints"
  • "Accept and Give Constructive Criticism"
  • "Respect the Environment and Be Gentle to Animals"
  • "Don't Shift Responsibility and Blame"
"What Is Civility"? Noun: polite reasonable, and respectful behavior. Small actions that lead to respect for others and skillfully applied behaviors that lead to positive working relationships & environments"


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