Various Stereotypes Associated with Students

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Have you, or someone you may know, ever been a victim of stereotyping? Stereotypes present a considerable role in today’s society and especially in academic institutions. According to the Webster’s Dictionary, stereotyping is defined as a fixed conventional notion or conception of an individual or a group of people, held by a number of people. For as long as one can remember, stereotypes have existed in our everyday lives, through religion, politics and the “media”. Humans’ have the tendency to use stereotypes in their humor, their descriptions of others, and even in their beliefs. These are important forces that can influence and affect everyone, bringing change in behavior, attitudes, and one’s beliefs. Stereotyping negatively influences the rate of success and motivation of gifted students, below average students, and minority students, both as a group and individuals. Approximately three million students in the United States are classified as gifted. These students have considerably higher academic achievability than average students. Their exceptional abilities can cause anxiety, underachievement, and feeling of isolation from the majority of the other students. However, for many of these students, it is the stereotypes regarding intelligence that has brought about their struggles, or perpetuated them. However, these abilities are not only limited to academic aptitudes. Some of these are specific intellectual abilities, creative or productive thinking, leadership ability, and psychomotor ability. These strengths further translate into verbal intelligence, musical intelligence, logical intelligence, spatial intelligence, or artistic. Though the most widely stereotyped of these qualifications, is the academic ability. These students are assumed to do well in school, are neat and organized, and spend most of their time studying and doing homework. As well as these, they are thought to be ignorant of their appearance and completely disengaged of athletics...
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