I have to say that one of my favorite generations of politeness would've been either the Victorian era or the 1950s. While life was not perfect, it was not just, it was not equal ... people were really polite. I don't think we have to go backwards, but I feel like we do need to take a step away and look at the way that we have become accustomed to talking to each other, specifically social media.
I wrote a letter to my oldest son last year when he was leaving for college for the first time. I never shared it. I thought I would share it now with "a year later" reflection.  (To read my letter, click on the image)
Over the past couple summer months I have seen many Facebook e-articles regarding students leaving for college for the first time and parents dealing with the process. All that reading, and I am no more prepared.