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a prejudicial notion or set of notions a person uses to define members of an ethnic or other social group outside ones own direct experience Introduced by Walter LIPPMANN a stereotype is a simple and erroneous idea gained secondhand that negatively affects ones ability to understand members of other social groups and that is resistant to change Representations of various groups on TV reflect our cultural values the professor was saying Our perception influences our attitude and our attitude obviously influences how we treat different groups We had been talking about sterotypes on TV and how various groups are represented Blacks women minorities I started thinking about TVs depiction of teachersThe image of teachers on TV has been pretty positive we must admit They are often portrayed as dedicated intelligent caring and often attractive The sterotype is accurate of course There was Our Miss Brooks and Mr Novack Pete Dixon in Room 222 Charlie Moore in Head of the Class and Gabe Kotter in Welcome Back Kotter were all shown in a positive light Young hip personable interesting -- youve got to admit that when it comes to TV sterotypes teachers have made out pretty well I mean its truthful and accurate but it is nearly universally positiveJust then Mr Tony LaRosa walked by and my mind switched to school principals How have they been portrayed in the popular media cultureA moments thought will reveal that school administrators are a much-maligned group Its nearly enough to make you feel some sympathy for themMiss Brooks had to deal with Osgood Conklin a bumbling blustering fool Mr Novack had Albert Vane a kindly but often absent old man who just didnt seem to get it Seymour Kaufman was the principal for Pete Dixon And who can forget Kotters Mr Woodman He was feared and hated by students and teachers alike The mans principal joys pun intended came from inflicting senseless administrative and disciplinary terrors on Kotter and
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