Social constructs in school

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An article I was inspired to write after thinking back to how we treat each other in school depending on our friendship groups.

Submitted: June 10, 2019

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Social constructs in school


 

While looking back on my years in primary school during a nostalgic phase, I discovered that there seemed to be an ongoing ‘theme’ in the education system. I took part in a talent show in one of my last years at my primary school, I found that the teachers rated each student on their talent they demonstrated to the other children in the school. Personally, I was never very good at anything and have come to realise that I was never a very confident child but I still managed to get up on stage and sing a theme song to a popular show at the time. I was never told my rating but I didn’t win, I wasn’t heart broken by my loss but my young mind couldn’t quite understand how the people who did win suddenly became the schools ‘best of the best’, wasn’t it just a talent show? Did winning a talent show suddenly make you a celebrity in the school? My mind became twisted in the toxic web of social hierarchies of my school as I named the more popular and talented crowd the “IT group”. As I joined secondary school the appropriately named “IT group” only grew due to the fact that we were now in a much larger and more toxic environment. The social constructs of secondary school were much harsher and adaptation was need swiftly or you would be left with the nerdy kids and who would want that? As I grew up and became more comfortable with my friends and myself I still questioned how these social classes existed for people of such little real-life experience and why we fed into them. Sadly, I feel as if this will always be an issue and I’m lucky to say I was never upset about not being in the “IT crowd”, but I do fear that due to the growth of social media and how young children are being given to it access so soon may feed into the social classes more than we already do subconsciously. All that can be done is hope that social classes don’t become serious enough that secondary schools become a place of social competition more than a place of education-although I fear as if this may already be the case.

 


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