8a276cdabf9a10d4947740008b76655333cdf4b4.jpgResponsible Speech

If you want other people to respect you, listen to you, and give your opinions credibility, you will try your best to refrain from cussing and swearing. While I don't punish students every time a bad word slips out of their mouths, I won't tolerate casual and frequent foul language either. I want to make my classroom as comfortable as possible to the most students.

If it is uncomfortable for you to NOT cuss, then you may be addicted- kind of like smoking. This is an easy, simple way to exercise responsibility and offer respect.

If you're severely injured, there may be no other way to express your pain- I'll let that go. But if you're merely disappointed, frustrated, irritated, or annoyed- there is almost always a better way to express yourself.

This really has a lot to do with the "Self-Control" block in Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success.

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A few years ago a parent called me at school, concerned because her 3 children, all under 7 were in their yard playing and overheard cheerleaders cussing a blue streak as they walked down to the track for practice. I can't tell you how ashamed I was (Don't worry, it wasn't just last year or anything). It was a group of girls who I really liked, trusted and thought highly of. Smart girls with good parents. I knew the lady and her kids so I felt really guilty and embarrassed. She told me that she wouldn't report it to the Principal or AD, but wanted me to know.

It simply didn't occur to those cheerleaders that ANYONE was listening. The thing is, once you're a cheerleader, you ALWAYS represent Boyer Valley, and your squad. Always, like it or not. And believe it or not, like it or not, someone is always watching or listening. Adults may misinterpret things you say or do and be offended. Little kids idolize you and want to be like you. If you act irresponsibly, they may just imitate you. Or perhaps they'll lose respect for you.

Cheerleaders are supposed to be two things if nothing else, leaders, and positive. Even when you're not in uniform, please remember that you are no longer just independent, you're part of something bigger and you need to help make us all look better. This has a lot to do with Coach Wooden's Pyramid blocks of loyalty and team spirit.

What's in your heart?

Generally at school I firmly believe in maintaining a separation of church-and-state. If you're offended by anything religious, don't read any further, but if respect, responsibility, representing your school and squad, or sounding smart aren't enough to help you clean up your language- maybe you should consider it from a spiritual stand point;

Jesus said, "The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks." -Luke 6:45

I think that this means if you cuss a lot, you may either be trying too hard to fit in and look touch, or you may be struggling with some pretty heavy anger issues. Cheerleaders want to be poised, confident, and above all- POSITIVE.

Saint Paul wrote, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."-Ephesians 4:29

THAT sure sounds like being a positive leader, a CHEERleader.

"The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it." ~George Washington
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