Stereotypes of Students in a Classroom:
Stereotypical, are “boys who fidget too much in their seat as they are talking out of turn!” This is the typical response of the teachers who happen to be nuns in Catholic schools, in the 1960’s! Many witnessed their reaction, because they just didn’t like boys! Sound surprised? Not too many people are!
It has been heard that the Spanish girls are only interested in boys, in middle school, and nothing else! Well, isn’t that true of all girls, no matter what their background is, as they go through puberty? It has been said that black boys will only get into trouble and be juvenile delinquents before long….how unfair that viewpoint is! Recently, it was witnessed, that the nicest and well-spoken, well-dressed, and well-mannered young men in church happened to be black, so where do people get their opinions? They are ignorant!
“Oh, she is so stupid, she must be a ‘sped’ kid”, is also a comment that can sometimes be heard, inferring that the child is on a Special Ed level. That is unfair, and even if a child is classified into that category, through the system, it is done so to help her; yet, do not assume and randomly classify anyone into a group automatically, when there is no evidence. Do not take for granted that a child is like everyone else or should fit into a group because that is what is heard. Aren’t all children different, including those within the same family? Aren’t the personalities of brothers and sisters as well as their demeanors and achievements varied?
While some nationalities and races might have similar qualities, do not forget that they can uphold qualities of goodness. It is believed that African Americans can dance! Well, that is not fiction, it is true and boy, do they have rhythm! That is wonderful! That is not racist, when a group is complimented! That may even be considered a stereotype, but unfortunately, people hone in to stereotypical conations as solely those with negative conations. There are times, however, when certain characteristics may be stamped on different groups that may be true, but not politically correct.
In the classroom, never assume that one should coral a group of students with negativities. One never knows what baggage they left before they entered their safe place, school. Many teachers may realize that the students’ homes may be anything but loving, but they are not living those children’s lives. Whoever groups people with negative conations in a stereotypical way is wrong, especially when judging groups of children. Remember, our children are the future and hopefully, many of them are still innocent. If all children are treated with love and respect, then teachers have done their job well! Treat each child and group as if they are your own!