WESTBURY, NY (WCBS 880) – Math, science, and history are all very important classes at the Westbury school district, but another class will also help young people grow up to be proper adults.
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That high school class is one in etiquette.
Instructor Linda Williams said there are two parts to the class.
The first is learning what fork or spoon to use during dinner, along with proper dinner conversation and not putting your elbows on the table.
“When and how to say please and thank you. I teach them handshaking skills. Be polite to each other,” said Williams of the second part.
Williams told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall this class could help prevent bullying in the schools.
“It doesn’t specifically address itself to bullying, but these courses teach civility, tolerance. It teaches you how to treat people in a civil manner,” she said. “Previous generations, we were taught by our parents, very rigidly, about manors and etiquette and how we should behave and I think in today’s society, parents are going in so many different directions the thing that seems to be lost is the appropriate behavior.”
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