I think Aretha Franklin said it best when she said: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T Find out what it means to me R-E-S-P-E-C-T Take care, TCB Oh (sock it to me, sock it to me, Sock it to me, sock it to me) A little respect (sock it to me, sock it to me, Sock it to me, sock it to me)” Actually I never really understand most of that except I like the respect part. Respect is what all successful relationships are built on. I’m not just talking about romantic relationships although it’s true of them too. I’m talking about friendships, business relationships, parent-child relationships and school relationships. Most of the time in school the knowledge flows in mainly one direction, from teacher to student, but respect mist flow equally in both directions. Respect is built on that magic word empathy—putting yourself in another’s place—and when it’s gone, it’s painfully obvious. You need look no further than the brawl which ended the Indiana/Detroit NBA game last Friday, and the melee which ended the South Carolina/Clemson football game on Saturday. Both represented a total lack of self-respect, respect for the opposing team and respect for the game. One of my students shared how she had stood up for another student because she was not being respected. I applauded her and I urge you to respect yourself, your friends, your teachers and even the people you don’t like. Respect holds us together.