Hidden Words And The Life Of Middle School

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As school year draws to a close, students across the nation anticipate the biggest school sanctioned literacy event of the year: the sale and distribution of the school yearbook. Like students elsewhere, Fayette Middle students anxiously awaited its arrival.
Produced by some sixty-five or so students working together with the help of two staff advisors, the yearbook, a fifty page hard back document, captured the year through photographs, student produced artwork, and captions. Sports held a prominent place in the pages of the yearbook: photos of football, wrestling (which I both proudly represented as team captain), track, and baseball events for the boys; and track, tennis, volleyball, ...view middle of the document...

The “x” factor of adolescence and peer-group “clicks” constructed filters, and it seemed, this prevented school personnel from seeing the yearbook as exclusionary. Although the yearbook was viewed as a symbol of equality for all students, only a particular population of students was made to feel as if they belonged to this club. Other students remained outsiders.
A constant comment from the Fayette Middle staff was "Everybody gets one" and "Everyone loves them.” This reveals that my friends James, Bobby and many others were invisible to school personnel. Because they were social outsiders of poor families they did not buy yearbooks. To some students, sixty dollars was doing the household chores for several weeks, for others it was the difference of the family paying the electric bill that month. The range in family incomes for our county was as wide as the student body. Enrollment was around 600; but only 480 yearbooks or so was sold that year. Between thirty and fifty of those were sold in the school bookstore or remained unsold. That figure roughly represents twenty-five percent of the total student body. While students may not have purchased a yearbook for a variety of reasons, the socioeconomic status of families may have been a critical issue. For whatever reason, when teachers reward students with "signing time," one out of every four students was not able to participate.
A quick glance at the yearbooks show row after row of white, black, and multi-colored faces ordered by alphabetical arrangement. The seeming homogeneity conceals diversity: Invisible barriers such as attitudes, beliefs, economics, and experiences separate these young people into two camps. The girls used pens and markers to maintain artificial borders between them. Allegiances became visible in both the act of writing and in the messages themselves. What is written and to whom is controlled by one's social status. Yearbooks circulated across social boundaries with caution, yet those with the greatest social status stood in judgment of those less powerful. Students carefully monitored who could sign their yearbooks. To allow one of lesser status to mark one's book appeared to lower the status of the book owner. Students often asked for and were denied signing privileges. Some students were in fact, told "No," after asking, "Can I sign your yearbook?" In the same way, some students refused to sign yearbooks of those perceived to be outside the circle of significance. Who had the right to write was clearly an issue of entitlement. If one was perceived as an outsider, then one was not entitled to write. Likewise, one might or might not be entitled to even view the message. Students guarded their written texts and controlled who had the right to see them
Students with the greatest status were freed from judgment, and their...

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