I got to thinking ... what do *I* know about diplomacy and tact?
But as I muse on the subject, it's easy for people to jump to the two ditches.
1) Say everything that comes to mind with no editing and not consider what or how it's said or the possible effects.
2) Say nothing that comes to mind as to not offend and then no one ever knows what you're thinking or what you need.
They didn't feel safe until the boundaries are clearly marked. Kids actually WANT boundaries. They want to be shown what is right/wrong.
Today, we live in a society where the ONLY thing that is considered "Wrong" is ....
*Disclaimer: Yes, Yes, Yes, I know that people have persecuted people in the name of basically every religion in the world and I think that is reprehensible.
So back to the class ... how am I supposed to teach a class about diplomacy and tact in this kind of society? Ironically, I think it's back to the basics. Back to teaching what works and what doesn't work. That if you say something without thinking first ... you might hurt someone's feelings. If you say it in a certain tone, that might be taken in the wrong way. Think before you speak. Consider the other person's point of view.
People in this class tend to be a little "rough around the edges" I'm told. And I guess I'm supposed to be the sandpaper to help smooth some of that out.
Smoothing comes via something abrasive. How ironic.