The Class Captain is the student who is usually elected by other classmates (if it's a democracy) or selected by the class teacher (if it's a teacho-cracy ... sorry, I meant 'dictatorship') to lead the class. The presumption is that students are an unruly herd of cattle or pirates who need a captain.
Okay, seriously, students need one of their peers to represent them. For most students, that's the lowest form of politics at the school level, and for some it is the training ground for leadership in subsequent years.
Generally, there were two main types of Class Captains:
- The Good Class Captain
- The Bad (or Corrupt) Class Captain
How original, shey? Just hang in there and let's continue.
The Good Class Captain actually does his or her job properly, i.e. snitches on his/her friends to the class teacher by putting their names on the list of names of noisemakers, and does whatever class captains generally do, regardless of the cost. I mention the cost here because being "good" comes at a price, i.e he might have few or no friends because he will not bend or break the rules in their favor. Students don't respond well to that.
The Bad Class Captain, as you might imagine, will break the rules at the drop of a hat. His friends will benefit from this "arrangement."
I imagine that there are some class captains who fell somewhere in the middle, but we'll ignore them for now.
Although I did not start out writing this as some sort of metaphor, I could not help noticing that the Class Captain is similar to the policeman. He enforces the law, and if he does his job properly he will offend a lot of people.
Of course, in the absence of the class captain, the assistant class captain takes over. Which brings us to another completely different topic, i.e. what does the assistant class captain do? I don't know, but I'll figure it out by the next blog post. Or you can help me jump start it in the comments. :-)
So, what was your experience like with Class Captains? Please share.