My parents would laugh themselves silly, as would I, epecially considering I'm 37!!! The point I was making is; just because someone is given that position, does not automatically make them worthy of being given respect. As to: Why should they respect the title rather than the person? Some of my teachers, back when I was at school, (you know when we rode the dinosaurs to the school, which was held in a cave with a fire around, in which we all sat and learned to bash two rocks together) were given a serious amount of respect both in and out of the school. Not because they were better liked, (though they generally were,) but because they got you to think for yourself and learn, as well as treating you like an adult. You treat a kid like a brainless chav, then nine times out of ten they will act like one. Treat them like a young adult they will either screw up - in which case its their own fault - or they will act like a young adult, in which case they give the teacher the respect he/she has earned and is then due. On a side note, no person should ever take EVERYTHING without question. That's how mistakes are made. Teachers need to teach children how to think for themselves, to ask questions about the wider world. By stating they must accept something without question at that critical stage of their lives, is to inherently cripple them for life.