Drawing from Malin, give three examples of how the three Indigenous children were increasingly characterised as «deviant» and challenging of the teacher’s authority. What are the consequences of this characterisation for the children involved? Essay
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Three indigenous children which were increasingly characterized as deviant
Much of our understanding is about right or wrong behavior is part of our socialization. Behavior is not naturally wrong or right but is historically, socially and culturally determined. Values are different since we do not grow up in the same circumstances or come from the same background (Simpson, 2002). Deviant is a behavior that is perceived to be in contrast with normal expectation by the parent or teachers. An illustration of deviance can be demonstrated in the case of Naomi, Jason and terry. According to the teacher observation the trio was physically attractive, energetic, bright and curious Aboriginal five-year-olds (Simpson, 2002). Outside the classroom the trio was articulate and confident but inside the classroom, by the end of years, they in the lowest academic group for their age, consider troublesome by their teachers, and ware largely ostracized by their non-Aboriginal peers (Simpson, 2002). The skills and characteristic of the trio was positively valued, or simply considered normal, at home but it was irrelevant or disabling in school because of their contrasting cultural practices embedded in the way classroom function (Simpson, 2002). The Aboriginal culture differences were apparent in the way the classrooms was organized as well as in the value of the teacher and student and in their ways of communicating. These difference with the teachers unconscious low expectations of Aboriginal student academic and social potential, created serious conflict between the student and teacher (Simpson, 2002). This conflict gradually developed into a vicious cycle where the students become marginalized both socially and academically. The non-Aboriginal students tended to follow the teachers lead in attitude expressed towards Naomi Jason and Terry. The skill ability of these three students were not only not rewarded, they deem deviant and, often in subtle ways, punished (Simpson, 2002).
Consequence of characterization for the children involved
Following poor performance of three students the teacher deems fit to demote the student. This is evident in the case of Naomi where she not copping and practicing enough. The thinks she lazy and she could not find the reason why she could not bring her reader back. In the eye of teacher Naomi Jason and Terry lack legitimacy as student (Johnston &Ward, 2008). Mrs. Eye seem not quite believe that the trio were capable of high quality academic work. It can be argued that culture differences can lead teacher to misinterpret the motivation and responses of the student (Johnston &Ward, 2008). Such inclination can result in situation which seriously disadvantaged the students both academically and in term of their status within the student hierarchy (Johnston &Ward, 2008). The overwhelming power that the classroom teacher wields, in context of the benign and value institution of infant school, can be seem here as an expression of certain authoritarian social process which are seldom acknowledge. In this case the social stereotypes which circulate in society are given an expression in form which is destructive of the live of the small children. More relevant is that this teacher unquestioningly accepted many of the stereotypical views of student which are abound in larger society (Johnston &Ward, 2008).
Gerry Johnston, Tony Ward, (2008). Law and Crime. SAGE Publications Ltd.
Sally S. Simpson, (2002). Corporate crime, law, and social control. Cambridge University Press.
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