Honoring Students

Joel Best

in Everyone's a Winner

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267169
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948488 | DOI:
Honoring Students

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Starting school for children marks the first time they will be evaluated outside the home. Infancy and early childhood tend to be spent with family or in daycare settings where people know you as an individual, and aren't especially judgmental. In contrast, school subjects children to expectations and evaluations, evidenced by graded schoolwork and report cards. Most family members marvel at how much small children learn during their preschool years. But school brings together lots of these children — many regarded as wonderfully bright by their families — and the school's teachers don't have the same intense emotional ties to those kids. Suddenly, it becomes much easier to compare children, and parents are confronted with how teachers — representatives of the larger world — evaluate their youngsters. School, then, is an arena where children can gain status, not as family members who are known and loved as unique individuals but as students.

Keywords: childhood; youngsters; teachers; status; evaluations

Chapter.  8249 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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