In one of my other classes, we read about school being a miniature society, which I found interesting. The education system is like a government. Each classroom is a community in which the members must comply with the norms of society. Every day, students must come to class by a certain time, sit at their designated desks, complete assignments, speak only when called on, etc. If a student makes a rude comment, fails to participate in an activity, talks back to the teacher, or does anything unacceptable in the school’s society, he is subject to going to the principal, a call home, or even detention. There are many rules to follow. Some even believe this can be equated to a “tyranny” in order to simplify the teacher’s life. Is school a tyranny, or is it a community which helps students adapt to the ways of the world? Morality cannot be taught in a lesson, but it can be taught through practice. Discipline cannot be understood in a lecture, but it can be understood through repetition and consistency. Everybody who considers themselves a citizen of the United States knows certain things, like his duties, and responsibility to follow the law. If they don’t, for example, raise their hand and wait to be called on by the teacher in order to speak, they will bear the consequences. Sooner or later, students learn to accept the rules of the classroom and comply with them in order to avoid consequences and get more desirable results, like being praised by the teacher. In the real world, it is important that students retain these disciple skills. They are the basic foundation to how to act in our society. Perhaps it is not natural for everyone to act they way they do, but in a formal education, students acquire these behaviors in order to function in the classroom. Later, this translates into functioning in the larger society.
School as a Mini Society
May 2, 2009 by casari51
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