Calling teachers by first name? Hello ladies and gents. It has been a LONG time since I've come here, but a situation has prompted me to want to ask you for your professional opinions. My son, who is in third grade, attends a STEM Academy (science, technology, engineering, and math). He has always attended this school, however, this is the first year that the school is being used as a STEM school. The school has gone through many changes, and one of the changes is that some teachers are allowing their students to call them by their first names. Not Mr/Mrs First Name...just, First Name. Now, I understand that there are many opinions about this, but I am one that leans on the pretty conservative side of it. I do not wish my child to call his teachers by their first names, even if that is what the teacher perfers. We have spent the last eight years of our son's life trying to teach him how to properly address adults and his elders, and we believe that addressing adults with their titles creates that line of authority. The teacher is not my son's "friend"...he is his TEACHER and authority figure. It would be no different than my son calling me Jennifer. Luckily, his teacher has his students call him Mr. B, which is perfectly acceptable to me, but the other two third grade teachers do not, and they sometimes team teach all the third grade students...this concerns me if this will become an issue. I have been in contact with the principal with this and would just like some of your valued opinions on the matter. He doesn't seem to think it's a big deal, but I do. I really don't care what other students call the teachers, as long as the teachers understand that I am the parent and it is my decision to allow it or not! I have talked to my son about it, and he understands what we expect in our household, thankfully. So, my question to you is, what do you think about allowing this? I personally think it's silly. A student is not on the same level as the teacher. Quite frankly, it's a little creepy to me.