Students vs admin/ a student’s research project

Anisa Lopez

In every piece of life there are two things that represent the human mind and the thing we define as communication. We have the side that agrees with what is being said while silently having an opinion of our own while there is also the second face of the coin that represents the ability the mind has to form a picture of someone based on a one-sided interaction while having no idea about this person’s values or thoughts on what transpired. This is what I want to explain here in what I call an experiment of the mind between students and their authority figures.

To begin with, students typically see their authority figures such as assistant principals, deans, and security guards as the bad ones or the people that are there to make their life harder which could be one way to see them, but it is usually the only way these people are seen because these students are only allowed to see them being the people that discipline them and make trouble for them.

Due to this happening, there is almost always a rift between the way students and authority figures interact, this rift could be defined as hostile, degrading, vile, or even evil in some student’s minds. The discipline is seen as an action of demeaning intention when in reality it was done to put the alleged person back on the right track before they get in worse trouble out in the real world. Though this is the case, students sometimes forget these authority figures are just human beings trying to help them out and do their job accurately.

This sector of human interaction is one side on the coin of balance between communication and miscommunication. The second side of the coin is the way these authority figures truly are and why they do all they do for the students they are put over.

To open this up, we must first attempt to understand these authority figures as they are before we as the students underhandedly judge them for the disciplinary action they have to dish out.

Let’s begin with why these authority figures are as strict as they are on the students, this comes from a place of wanting to help the students be the best they can be without the follow up of their flawed conduct sticking to them as they go out into the real world with other people who may not be lenient enough to just deal with the mess they could create.

While their jobs can sometimes be very exhausting these authority figures mean well and say that they feel that their every interaction with these students is a rewarding one as they get to see these students reach a social, emotional, and academic goal that is well past what they entered the school with.

When being asked what impact they hope to make, many of the authority figures have responded with they hope they have given structure, consistency, and disciple in real life occasions for these students. The need to help and impact each student’s life is a big goal and desire for the authority figures of the building.

In turn to how the students see their authority figures these adults see the students under their care in vastly different ways. Majority of the time adults forget that students have stressful things going on at home so most of the time it is not only the student’s fault when outbursts happen but that does not mean there should be zero accountability which is where the need for discipline comes in.

When clear expectations are set in place there is no reason there should not be self-accountability when breaches of rules are broken whether it was justified or not but at the same time students must manage the pressure of being under all these sets of guidelines as well that are not always managed in a just and fair manner.

Some students feel that favoritism is in play when some people are called out when others are not so in some ways the way authority figures handle situations is not always in a golden ray of light meaning there is always room for improvement on the behaviors of both adult and teen.

Once again, we come back to the coin of balance between the human mind and the sliver of space between communication and miscommunication. So, in the end what is the point?

My point is this, while not all things can be justified by the discipline from authority figures, students must also not judge these people based on the one side of the story they see. Everyone is human and makes mistakes but, in the end, it is the way you oversee the situation and yourself in these moments that creates the rift between people and their level of communication and miscommunication between authority figure and student.

In the end it is only a short bridge that separates these two levels of people, one side being the way students judge their authority figures based on the discipline they have received from them which can make them seem like annoying or figuratively “evil” people. While the other side is the reality of the miscommunication where students do not see the reasoning behind the need for their discipline which comes from the desire these authority figures have to help and enrich the students they interact with on the daily basis in a way that means correcting their behaviors.

So as life goes on the need for both sides on this coin of communication becomes a lot more necessary especially in settings like schools and even jobs that these students will get in their futures.





Written by Anisa Lopez