Between social-networking sites, texting and instant messaging, teenagers these days may be tech-savvy but socially inept. So some UK high-schoolers are taking etiquette classes, the Telegraph reports. The teens learn a proper handshake, table manners and dressing for one's skin tone. The interesting part? While you may think of the Brits as well-versed in propriety and originators of the "stiff upper lip," the training course, called Ready4Life, was created by an American. (Not to worry! The table manners are taught by a head butler from an upscale hotel.)
In any case, a select few from the younger generation are learning that while it may be cool to have an amazing MySpace profile or be a brilliant on IM, you need to make a good impression at a business dinner as well. The article mentions an L.A. program called Petite Protocol, but wouldn't it be a good idea to add this kind of stuff to the core curriculum all over this country — especially in Hollywood?
How Do You Get Today's Teenager To Smile? [Telegraph]