I've been thinking back, 30 years .....
I took a course on what was then called 'Nursery Nursing' which was really a course on child development, and failed one assignment because I disagreed with the tutor.
The discussion had been about meals, nutrition etc and I had written something along the lines of the difficulties of teaching children to use a knife and fork and had added of course please and thank you are mandatory''.
I was held up for ridicule before the whole class.
He insisted please and thankyou were unnecessary words to which I replied that if someone asked me to pass the milk I would naturally say 'thank you' when I got it.
He insisted there was no point as I'd got what I wanted.
If we're not supposed to teach manners to our children, it explains why youngsters barge ahead of elderlies in queues, take the last bus seat, don't hold doors open etc etc.
ps - honestly I was marked 'failed' my dissertation on that subject.
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