By Philip Wexler
First released in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.
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Student: They don’t act like girls. I wouldn’t want a girlfriend like that. BECOMING SOMEBODY: TOWARD A SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF SCHOOL 25 Becky: What does a girl act like? Student: Well, I want a girl that, a nice girl that doesn’t talk dirty like that all the time, That’s all they do, they don’t act like girls. Don’t you think so? Becky: They are girls; it depends on your definition of… Student: They don’t act like ladies. Becky: But you guys will sit around amongst each other and talk about your exploits, don’t you?
The right is always the black student union. In the middle you have the well known jocks—the athletes, they are upfront. Not that jocks are intelligent, but the intelligent people sit there. Then usually to the left there are what is called the radicals—people who smoke and cut classes. The ‘thespians’ are the theater people. They represent the school, like the jocks, in collective events. Their events are not the pep rallies where jocks and cheerleaders ‘crank up school spirit’. But they do put on plays which are well attended by parents and other adults in the community— representing the good name of Grummitt to the collectivity and its constituencies.
But not many of them would say that I enjoy teaching because I like helping kids’. Some teachers are good. Some don’t give a shit…I don’t give a shit about them either… You just don’t pay any attention to them. If they don’t care about you why the hell should you do what they want you to do? ” Well to me that means: Is he conforming to your rules? That’s the most important thing—that’s what they’re concerned with the most is whether the kid is behaving’. Even as teachers describe their own self-protective withdrawal, their ritual adaptation to a rationalized emptying of the committed pedagogic relation which they valued in their earliest teaching BECOMING SOMEBODY: TOWARD A SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF SCHOOL 39 days, they indicate the need for caring relations as the basis for teaching.