For today's prompt , write a poem , essay , or short fiction about school . It may be an experience you have had or preparing your own children or grandchildren . If teaching is in your background , try writing from the point of view of a teacher .
This prompt got me thinking . About the learner who does not conform . The one who dares to be different , at the risk of being labelled – the class rebel . Quite often the class clown , as well . And smart-mouthed . The one who rocks the boat . Goes against the grain . No matter which way you look at it , this learner is the-nightmare-come-true for the teacher . (Especially the Mr-This-Is-My-Turf-And-I-Refuse-Point-Blank-To-Entertain-Anything-To-The-Contrary-You-WILL-Toe-The-Line-And-No-Questions-Period)
Over the years I've had countless opportunities to chat with ex-learners . I've discovered that many of the "so-called rebels" have turned out alright , and are the ones who have gone on to become highly productive adults . Whilst that rebellious attitude works against the immature , irresponsible learner in the school environment , it can become his biggest asset out there in the 'real world', as a mature responsible adult . The rebel is often the thinker , innovator , creator , inventor – he wants to do things differently , on his own terms , his own way , in his own time ! Don't get me wrong ! I am not suggesting that every problematic , disruptive or rebellious learner is an Einstein-in-the-making . Nor am I proposing any form of justification for blatant rotten behaviour .
I've noticed that the "A-student" (stereotypically and traditionally the sheltered , pampered , teacher's pet who was well-behaved , totally obedient , class monitor , prefect and recipient of various awards) … received a real 'eye-opener' when he encountered the jungle out there , away from the 'safety' of school . On the flip side , the "E-student" (stereotypically and traditionally problematic , non-academic , streetwise 'dummy' who was always in trouble and called lazy/stupid) … tended to cope well with the 'curve balls' that real adult life throws at you .
So here are some final thoughts on the matter : the rebel seems to go further , faster , whilst having loads of fun . Rebels also seem to understand people better . They are not afraid to 'test the water' and know how to survive on their own – they've been doing it since school . I think they become leaders because , in the end , people feel safer with them because they appear courageous – openly or not . Depending on the situation , we all admire the rebel … maybe it's because we all have the potential/desire to be one , but we don't all possess the courage …
Check out the prompt at Victoria's blog : http://liv2write2day.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/monday-morning-writing-prompt-back-to-school/