The Making of "You" as a Student Essay

1425 Words Mar 5th, 2014 6 Pages
EDCX246 Assignment 1a

As a primary school student growing up in a major agricultural town, I can say with certainty that my school was one of mostly ‘Conservative’ orientation, but with an undercurrent of ‘Liberal’. I believe this largely influenced my identity, and led to a specific construction of child (Jones, 2011).
This essay will discuss how a predominantly ‘Conservative’ orientation unintentionally shaped my childhood and adolescence, affected my views and expectations of sex and gender, and formed my idea of sexuality.

I attended a Co-Educational Catholic School in Moree, New South Wales. Being a student at a Catholic school in a Cotton-growing town, the approach was one that took a majorly
‘Conservative’ orientation –
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The entire majority of students at the school were from homes with a male and female parent, and so the discussions of ‘sexuality’ always held a great deal of bias – educating about heterosexual love only. This, combined with the idea we were still pure, vulnerable and innocent, meant that the education and discussion of these topics were very sheltered, shallow and brief.
The fore-mentioned factors led me to believe that the reference to sex or sexuality was strictly a no-go, and if my friends and I were to discuss it we would be rebelling and seen as delinquent behaviour – hence, we never did.
Although guarded from in-depth information and varying opinions of sexuality, my progression through secondary schooling and into adult life was an enlightenment that was definitely needed. It provided me with a wider opinion and greater understanding of sexuality. It was a time of ‘selfactualisation’ in that I began to understand the impact that sexuality had/has on me – creating a more ‘Liberal’ view (Jones, 2011).
This ‘Liberal’ approach that I have developed has allowed me to more openly accept the sexual world around me, and the views that others may hold.

My school-based approach (Jones, 2011) of a predominantly ‘Conservative’ discourse

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