Presentation on theme: "School as a Sociocultural Activity What do students learn from their participation in school?"— Presentation transcript:
School as a Sociocultural Activity What do students learn from their participation in school?
What do children and young people learn in school? What do they learn? American history To raise their hand before talking in class What the coolest song is Dirty jokes There are social hierarchies between teachers and students There are social hierarchies among students The school is a united community that stands together (against other schools) How or where might they learn it?
What are young people learning in “The Great Football Ritual”? And how are they learning it?
Why is Peer Culture Important? How are young people being socialized through their peers, rather than adults? How are schools as institutions creating a age-segregated domain that allows for the flourishing of a peer culture? What is the role that a “child culture” or “youth culture” plays in our society? Does it prepare young people for adult roles or does it look different?
What is school? Classrooms Offices Lunchroom Gym class, art class Hallways, bathrooms, and lockers Recess, playground, sports fields, parking lot Extracurricular activities (sports, choir, debate, yearbook, etc) Going on the bus to school? Friendship networks formed by school?
An Anthropological View of Rituals Do not have to be sacred, but can be secular (like national holidays) Follow a distinct, recognizable form Draw on powerful symbols Dramatic Embody and transmit certain worldviews, norms, and values Can invert those same norms Can reify the world around them Transform participants into different social statuses as well as different states of consciousness and emotion Bring people together in community: sense of shared feeling and solidarity Primary school students marching on Ignacio Allende’s birthday, Mexico