Prefect process less than perfect?

IT'S that time of the year again when schools are choosing their best and brightest students to represent them as prefects.

I’ve always had a problem with the prefect selection process, the whole “behave well and get rewarded” mantra that it instills in you from as early as Year 9.

I remember being in Year 9 and how excited some of the students were to be prefects, putting in as much effort as possible from early on.

And then there was me, the student who falls under the category of the artistic and creative, the student who would in fact apply to be a prefect and be denied.

The whole prefect selection and school representative process is rigged; it’s all about how well you play their game.

Of course there are many students who make great prefects and I’m not denying that, nor am I saying I should’ve been chosen to be a prefect.

But being chosen as a prefect isn’t really about your social skills or your grades or your attendance, it’s about how well you play their game. The game they’ve been making you play since you enrolled. They lure you in with a promise of a leadership position, the promise of making a real change, the promise of a glowing curriculum vitae; if you paint the school in the best light possible.

I know some Year 13s who would’ve made amazing prefects but were turned down because they didn’t fit the cookie cutter mould of what the school wanted them to be.

How can we break the glass ceiling if our education teaches us to stay on the ground?

Push hard, but not too hard, make a change and ask for more responsibility but only within our criteria. Make us look good.

If your school denies your application for prefect, don’t take it too hard. Or do, and write a passive aggressive article about it. After all it means you are the kind of person they don’t want you to be and since when do teenagers do what the adults want?

Rise above and succeed in your own passions.

IT'S that time of the year again when schools are choosing their best and brightest students to represent them as prefects.

I’ve always had a problem with the prefect selection process, the whole “behave well and get rewarded” mantra that it instills in you from as early as Year 9.

I remember being in Year 9 and how excited some of the students were to be prefects, putting in as much effort as possible from early on.

And then there was me, the student who falls under the category of the artistic and creative, the student who would in fact apply to be a prefect and be denied.

The whole prefect selection and school representative process is rigged; it’s all about how well you play their game.

Of course there are many students who make great prefects and I’m not denying that, nor am I saying I should’ve been chosen to be a prefect.

But being chosen as a prefect isn’t really about your social skills or your grades or your attendance, it’s about how well you play their game. The game they’ve been making you play since you enrolled. They lure you in with a promise of a leadership position, the promise of making a real change, the promise of a glowing curriculum vitae; if you paint the school in the best light possible.

I know some Year 13s who would’ve made amazing prefects but were turned down because they didn’t fit the cookie cutter mould of what the school wanted them to be.

How can we break the glass ceiling if our education teaches us to stay on the ground?

Push hard, but not too hard, make a change and ask for more responsibility but only within our criteria. Make us look good.

If your school denies your application for prefect, don’t take it too hard. Or do, and write a passive aggressive article about it. After all it means you are the kind of person they don’t want you to be and since when do teenagers do what the adults want?

Rise above and succeed in your own passions.

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