Being new to this school, I didn’t notice The Tables of Hierarchy until one of my friends actually pointed it out.
“Yeah dude, the ones nearest to the RBT are the most popular and as it progresses it’s the less and less popular”
“It’s just always been like that”
Having only been here for a couple weeks, I couldn’t understand the rationale of a set of tables that obviously pointed out everybody’s social status on a daily basis. Aren’t we all here to go to school and get the best possible education? Won’t we all just leave and continue our journeys at our (hopefully) respective universities? Then I thought, it’s a very carpe diem thing, isn’t it, the Tables of Hierarchy? Being remembered really is a big issue for some people, and okay, if that’s how they feel, I can respect that. But I doubt I will ever understand it. I guess ripping off a chunk of another girl’s hair with my bare hands is just too gruesome an act for me.
Coming from a relatively small school (my previous school had about 100 students per grade), the lack of socialising within different types of people was a strange and unfathomable concept for me.
“Why can’t everybody just be friends?” I once exclaimed.
“It’s just because it’s such a big school that lines form.”
I couldn’t argue with that – partly because I had never been to such a large school before, and partly because it’s something that has already been accepted by the rest of the UWCSEA society, but why should it be acceptable?
The UWC mission is to make ‘education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future’. How do the Tables of Hierarchy promote this? It’s interesting that every year, the school brings in a number of National Committee Scholars to the school to do so, yet none (or a minimal number) of them are included in the System of Tables. Does this mean that the UWC movement isn’t reinforced in the UWCSEA? Does it mean that really, we aren’t a proper UWC school?
But then again, I suppose that structure in society is always needed because it’d be impossible to be BFF’s with 299 other people. In society, social structure is based one’s work ethic, and can be gained as that improves, However at UWCSEA, social structure is inherited through family connections and wealth. It’s dissappointing to think that people here are accepting of a system that points out everybody’s social status on a daily basis.
The last two years of high school are always looked back on in different ways. For some, they were the best two years, filled with great friends and amazing memories; And for the rest, the end of the two years was always where they were looking towards, unable to find a place that they were happy in.
What do you think?