“Good” Student

According to common sense, a “good” student is one who follows the rules and guidelines of the school they attend. These rules or guidelines often include: look teacher in the eyes, only talk when you are prompted by the teacher, put your hand up when you want to answer a question, sit still and quietly in your desk, do not disrupt others, … etc. To me this type of student seems like a robot, with no emotion, energy, or personality. Sure these types of students are easier to manage in the classroom, but I want my future students to have energy and question things that they are being taught.

The students privileged by this definition of the “good” student are the ones who sit quietly, are attentive the entire class, and follow the rules and guidelines of the school. Often what is seen as a polite, “good” student is rooted in western ideas, and takes little consideration for what is seen as “polite” in other cultures. Since this idea of a “good” student is westernized it is often made impossible to see other cultures in the classroom.

I feel that this type of “good” student can be very limiting to the individual student. They are encouraged to share little of their personality, sit quietly, listen attentively, and essentially, behave like robots. In the end of the day, the easier the student is on the teacher, the better the student.


One thought on ““Good” Student

  1. I love that you throw in the part in which “good students” are oblivious to what is considered polite in cultures other than their own. Through university I have learned a bit about norms, such as not looking someone in the eyes when speaking to them (I am so bad for this, so good thing I am aware that this isn’t a thing for all people), but I find I do not know much about many cultural norms that I am not accustomed to. My question to you is: In your own classroom, how will you make sure that your students feel comfortable?


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