The Making of "You" as a Student Essay
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 – …show more content…
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