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On your grade-school report cards, what was the word for behavior/conduct/deportment?

On mine it said "citizenship," which is a good way to put it when you think about it. I had to ask my dad what it meant.

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On mine it said "citizenship," which is a good way to put it when you think about it. I had to ask my dad what it meant.
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Not a word that would be used here in Australia in that concept, but I am trying to think what word was used. So long ago. Maybe a description of behaviour, such as 'well behaved'
...or not :)
Maybe mixes well, well socialised...

I have trouble comprehending using "citizenship" on a school report card. It doesn't seem the place for it.
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In some school districts (not mine), it was "plays well with others," which has become something of a cliche.
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I'm not sure mine had a word or category. It would probably say something if the child was MIS-behaving, such as "talks during class" or "won't sit still", but if the child wasn't causing the teacher any trouble, nothing would be said. Back then the school system didn't really care if you were having trouble with your peers, they only noticed if you were causing the grown-ups problems.
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Today I went to lunch with a coworker who grew up in Seattle, and it was "citizenship" on his report cards too. I grew up in Pennsylvania. In hindsight, maybe there were companies that printed standardized report cards (with the name of the school filled in) and sold them cross-country. That's a conjecture--I've never worked for a school as an adult.
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Back then the school system didn't really care if you were having trouble with your peers, they only noticed if you were causing the grown-ups problems.

Too true - they taught us & they supervised us & coached us for choir & games, but they weren't social workers and they left all that to our families.

Report cards, as far as I can remember, only recorded academic progress, although if you were a troublemaker, I imagine your parents heard plenty about that :o)
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although if you were a troublemaker, I imagine your parents heard plenty about that :o)


I came home one day to some questioning from my mother about some misdeed I had committed at school that day. I asked, in genuine surprise, how she'd heard about it, and she said, "I know everything you do."

The parent-teacher mafia had ratted me out.
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Doesn't try hard.
Could try harder.
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Tries hard

When I went off to junior high school, there was a whole set of subscript numbers that a teacher could write in after the grade letter. Only two I remember (neither was true of me) were "Doing no more than required work" and "Weak in fundamentals of subject."
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They wouldn't have approved of the epitaph of the American noir writer Charles Bukowski (of whom I'm a great fan):

http://www.openculture.com/---/dont_try_charles_bukowskis_concise_philosophy_of_art_and_life.html
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Good heavens! I've no memory of how this was phrased.

I do like the use of "citizenship" for it though. I wish we'd all internalize the truth that being a good citizen concerns our deportment.
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deportment

I know deportment to mean etiquette. The way you walk and hold yourself. There are schools which teach deportment. I remember walking with a book on my head, which was supposed to improve deportment.
How does this make a good citizen, except that you might not slouch along as you walk?

Here's a school teaching deportment. Also known as a finishing school.
https://www.sj.vic.edu.au/---/finishing-deportment-course/
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In my area the word is used to mean how one behaves (good or bad behavior), not etiquette.
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I think we had a "citizenship" column, with "satisfactory/unsatisfactory" as the basic option; there were spaces for comments, though. I recall getting a "tender-hearted" comment one year, which did NOT refer to how sympathetic I was to the troubles of classmates (or teachers!): it was because I tended to burst into tears if I was frustrated by a hard-to-solve math problem! (Lucky for me, I was good at math, but during one of our many moves I wound up switching schools in mid-semester and the new class was ahead of the old one re the finer points of long division.)
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I think we had a "citizenship" column, with "satisfactory/unsatisfactory" as the basic option


We got an A, B, C, D, or F in citizenship, just as in the academic subjects.
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I imagine the equivalent here would be called 'Behaviour'.
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I have copies of my school reports from three years primary school in Victoria, Australia from the very early 60's.
They all have the same list of items which were reported on - Poetry, Reading, Composition, Grammar, Spelling, Handwriting, Tables, Arithmetic, Social Sudies and Art with spaces for a small comment or a grade. There was also a small space at the bottom for teacher Remarks. No mention of behaviour, deportment etc
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Tables? Separate from arithmetic? Did "tables" refer to something other than multiplication tables?

And it's so cool that "poetry" was considered by itself!
But...but...no science category!
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But...but...no science category!

Not in primary school here; or at least in my day to the schools I went to. Science was studied in high school. I did six years of it then.
I wish I could lay my hands on my primary school exam papers, but the four primary schools I went to did not examine poetry; nor, from memory, in the exams was there a grammar section. I think that would have been under English.
Thinking back, there was some science taught. I remember cutting up an eye.
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Or almost none...

That's the absolutely biggest cultural surprise I've ever had on bc.

This is one of the reasons I love participating in this site. I learn some truly interesting things.
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I just happened to run across an article about it a couple of weeks ago:

http://www.politico.com/---/fastest-growing-city-america-florida-cape-coral-215724
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In the earlier grades it was "citizenship", but in later years I seem to remember the word "comportment".

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