In experimenting with different literary texts; depth and complexity were meant to be explored (teachers would scribble in the margin: “This is supposed to be a literary piece of work, not a philosophical treatise!”) The educational system seemed to expect on the examination evidence of skills we had never been taught, thus, as Bourdieu would say, sanctioning an “inherited” knowledge that many of us did not have. Teacher remarks like, “I am disappointed in you. You can do better than that,” exercised a subtle form of what Bourdieu would call symbolic violence.
This is rather influential, as how does one know the full psychological effects of what one little statement like that could have on the rest of the students’ life. I see this as a means to learn from, draw realistic identification and encourage students in a positive manner to work towards their potential.