One Teacher's Voice


Locker politics?

[Original date posted: 10/10/2011]

I/we did this all the time, it was an integral part of the beginning of the school year.  I remember the importance of those little magnetic locker mirrors.  Also the importance of decorating your friends’ lockers on their birthdays.  But I guess the title answers my question:  “growing in popularity.”

Middle School Girls Unlock a Room of Their Own, in Miniature

Not everyone, of course, is taken with the notion of dangling a $25
chandelier from a locker ceiling, particularly when many schools have
required students to wear uniforms in an effort to blur divisions
between rich and poor.

“What value is added to the school culture for some kids so privileged
to have these types of things and other kids a couple lockers down to
feel less than equal?” said Deborah Kasak, the executive director of the
National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, an alliance of educators and others seeking to improve middle schools.

Rachel Simmons, a co-founder of the Girls Leadership Institute, a
nonprofit group, and the author of ‘Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of
Aggression in Girls,’ said the trend ‘exemplifies the mixed messages
that girls get about being powerful in the world,’ adding: ‘Now you
can’t just go to school and put your books in your locker between
periods; it has to become a showcase for your design skills. You become a
homemaker in the hallway

now after actually reading the article, kids are going to much greater
lengths in terms of the actual decorations that we did as middle
schoolers.  Such a great way to express individuality, but I
just hope it’s an activity that is as accessible to all students, not
just the ones whose parents can afford several trips to Target.

Nothing is simple in education. Everything is complicated.  But I suppose a school can be a little microcosm of the real world.


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