I swim through the mass of my peers to the back row, head down. “Such a dull girl,” Mom tells me. “So unlike your sister.”
The desks around me sit empty, my dullness repulsing others. My sketchbook opens and I work on Superia, my superhero. She’s everything I’m not.
Mr. Hanover hands back tests. To my surprise, I get an A. “Excellent work.” Mr. Hanover smiles at me in approval and notices my sketches.
“You are a very bright, talented young woman. Share that with the world.”
For the first time, I lean forward to listen.
Just a little bit.
Word Count: 100
Friday Fictioneers time! The gang is back, with Rochelle leading the way (and I mean gang, you should see the rumbles between genre writers. Badass 😉 ) So a little background to tie my story with the photo prompt. When I first saw the picture, my mind immediately went to the story of Pygmalion and Galatea. To reacquaint myself with story, I did a little research.
I typed in Galatea and one of the auto-entries came up “Galatea Effect.” Curious, I clicked on it and came across something called the “Golem Effect.” For those that may not know, the “Golem Effect” is a theoretical counterpoint to the “Pygmalion Effect.” Both effects deal with expectations and performance.
These effects come from studies, conducted by Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson, where teachers were told students were “bright” or “dull.” The study showed that labels and preconceived notions affected how the teacher’s interacted with the students, and, in turn, affected how the students performed in class. Those labeled ended up creating self-fulfilling prophecies. They were treated in a certain way and responded to those expectations. “Dull” students underperformed, while “bright” students exhibited behaviors that lead to success.
So that’s how I arrived at my story from the picture. Hope you enjoy it! The book that covers the study is called Pygmalion in the Classroom, which I plan on checking out.
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