I'm hoping I may hear others' views on 'Pride... and Prejudice'. It stems from a thread on the Sats KS2 topic.
The dictionary/thesaurus explanation of 'pride' alone is going to cause me a sleepless night! On the one hand it's self-respect, dignity, and self-worth; on the other, it's conceit, vanity, arrogance, even narcissism!
What a strange word it is!
Help! Do we have any English graduates on this site? Iâ€™ve read the book, watched the film â€“ twice, and thought I understood it!
When is it wrong to be â€˜proudâ€™ of academic achievement? Is it not the prejudice that is the issue?
A very confused Belinda tonight!
Sorry - I'm not an English graduate (will an A-level do?
) but I think the second definition, the negative one, is the one intended to apply to the characters in the book (in particular Mr Darcy) whilst the first, more positive, definition is the one we as parents feel when celebrating the achievements of our children. After all, anything they do reflects on us - which explains why we also feel so mortified if they do something bad.
Academic ability is just one of a number of talents and gifts that a child might possess, unfortunately it is not valued in this country as highly as - say - sporting ability. This attitude is even enshrined in law - schools in areas where academic selection is not permitted can still select a percentage of students on the strength of their musical, sporting, artistic or technological expertise, or even flair for foreign languages, but NOT if they can pass a test showing high IQ, good mathematical skills, or a gift for writing. So it's not surprising that there appears to be a degree of prejudice against academic achievers, and the media doesn't help either - documentaries about gifted children tend to focus on quite extreme cases and there is often a negative slant (IMO) to the reporting. Such programs often fail to point out that these are only the children whose abilities have been recognized (and are, by definition, a self-selecting group that has agreed to take part in the program), and that there are a lot of extremely clever and hardworking children in our schools who could potentially achieve great things if only their gifts were acknowledged and nurtured. However, this is difficult, since - as Essex Mum pointed out, many young people make the equation clever=uncool. It makes you wonder how many of these kids deliberately hide their ability to conform to peer pressure. Quite where the riches they crave are expected to come from is anyone's guess! Somewhere along the line the link between effort (whatever your academic ability) and success seems to have been lost!