How Does Much Compliance And Authority Control Play How Teachers View Children?

765 Words Apr 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
As I stepped foot into the classroom for the first time, I brought with me biases and assumptions. Based on the child selection and first impressions, I immediately jumped to the conclusion that she was a “good kid” and would follow the rules. I viewed her as a role model for the other students since she was exemplifying the behavior the teacher was looking for and rewarding. I equivocated her good grades, not causing trouble, and being compliant with “well behaved” and being a “good” child. I assumed that listening to the teacher and excelling in academics were the only qualifying elements for being “good”. I think I had this initial viewpoint because it was instilled in me throughout my educational journey from my family and teachers. If I stayed out of trouble, followed the rules, and listened to the teacher, then I was a “good” girl. I understand now how much compliance and authority control plays a role in how teachers view children. This makes the child/teacher relationship unbalanced. Those who do not meet the elements on this rubric are treated and taught differently than those who do meet the qualifications. If students did not meet this criterion, it is assumed they are “troublemakers” or going to be a handful. I believe this is unfair because students are being labeled as “bad” or “good” based on the teacher’s biases and notions. Just because a student does not comply with the teacher does not necessarily mean they are a “bad” kid. On the other hand, the students…

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