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    Jan Risher: Has our concept of ‘average’ changed over the years? | Jan Risher – New Orleans, Louisiana

    New Orleans, Louisiana 2022-01-15 05:00:00 –

    I once had a neighbor who cleaned the closet every weekend. I think she printed a closet cleaning rotation schedule. She is an inspiration and I still love her sincerely, but my previous neighbor and I don’t share the gene for cleaning the closet.

    When I was forced to clean the closet, I found one after another the holes in the rabbit that went down. My husband and I are doing our best to weed out the mess. This week, I found a box with a report card for grades 1-10. This completes all cleaning and selection.

    The most noticeable thing for me was the gradebook for fifth graders. In fifth grade, my class moved across the town to junior high school. There were five major subject teachers: Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Clayborn, Mrs. Reeves, and Mrs. Morpas. Mrs. Hayes taught us music. Mrs. Thompson was my homeroom teacher and is still one of my favorite teachers.

    She had us recite and recite Edgar Allen Poe’s “Annabel Lee” and stood in front of the class to identify all the bones of the body by name. After that she assigned a topic to each of us and we had to give a two minute presentation to the class on that topic. I was assigned “blood”. I still remember sharing it with my classmates. If all the blood vessels of the average adult are lined up, it will grow over 100,000 miles.

    Mrs. Thompson’s careful but beautiful cursive script lists each subject and teacher’s name. My husband says her handwriting looks similar to the text of his fifth grade teacher — it’s almost like a font.

    My grades are reasonably interesting, but what I’m most interested in about this report card is the grid below the grades.

    Even more space than the grades on the gradebook is the section called “Social and Personal Asset Valuation”. Each teacher takes 1-5 scales (1-high, 2-average, 3-average, 4-average, 5-low) for each student in seven areas, including taking responsibility, initiative, leadership, and grooming. I evaluated it in. Work well with others, act on time and materials and use wisely.

    Believe me if you say that my 5th grade 5 teachers did not enthusiastically assign scores to the valuation of social and personal assets. Also, there were no free gifts. The first 6 weeks are 3 seconds (on average), excluding personal grooming, and work well with others (2 seconds earned) from all teachers. When I earned three from Mrs. Thompson and two from Mrs. Reeves, I didn’t get one until the fifth six weeks.

    Mrs. Thompson retired shortly after I was in fifth grade, but Mrs. Reeves is still part of my life. In fact, her husband, a former basketball coach at school, took my dad to radiation therapy last week. I decided to call Mrs. Reeves and chat about my report card — just a few decades late. We laughed at it well. The two of us were amazed at the length of time required to manually fill out each report card. We talked about how standards and expectations have changed.

    Earlier this year, I wondered if teachers had a meeting about making social and personal wealth scores meaningful. She added that if Mrs. Thompson said she needed to score students as critically as possible, she would have done just that.

    “Mrs. Thompson even scared me,” said Mrs. Reeves. “No matter what she said, I tried to do it.”

    Even at this point, there was this moment in the conversation that I was in fifth grade and Mrs. Reeves was a teacher. She encouraged me and wanted to assure me that I was a good student and a “sweet girl”, even though my social and personal asset valuations were average. I did.

    Years later, I began to wonder if I was looking at the concept of “average” in another way. Today I think the average is negative. Maybe it wasn’t at that time?

    At the end of every six weeks, if Mrs. Thompson’s eagle eyes review our behavior and assess how things are going, how each of us is changing our lives these days. I wonder. Do you still get 1 occasionally by taking responsibility? Or do you take the initiative? leadership? Grooming? Do you work well with others? Use your time and materials wisely? And maybe the average is just right sometimes?

    Despite the current trends, we are all no exception. Meanwhile, I keep cleaning the closet. This is an effort for me to get a mediocre score.

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