Can you help me find a paragraph that shows why conformity is important?Any paragraph or couple sentences about conforming.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This might not be as easy as originally conceived.  I think that it's going to be a bit tough because much in the literature is about how conformity is something to be avoided.  The need to conform to social expectations helps to mitigate the internal scope of what one could and can do; the need to present what is overrides the desire to present what should be.  Having said that, I believe that some of the educational theory that arises from the Industrialization period helped to reinforce the idea that schoolchildren can be molded into fitting the demands of good workers by following the rules and not breaking the design of the social order.  Consider the rules of William Bagley:  "One who studies educational theory aright can see in the mechanical routine of the classroom the educative forces that are slowly transforming the child from a little savage into a creature of law and order, fit for the life of civilized society." In this light, one can see educational theory attempting to fit the idea conformist values.  In his article, "The Public School as a Moral Force," H.W. Thurston presents similar ideas:  "The great function of the various play groups... is to teach conformity to custom, social habit, to the rules of the game already established."


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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The importance of conformity in society has long been a topic of debate.  Many scholars tend to argue that the need to conform is a negative social expectation.  However, many issues relative to conformity assist in helping to maintain cohesiveness within a society.  In addition, in the area of business, conformity helps to set standards that provide consumer benefits.  In school systems conformity leads to less classroom misbehavior and compliance to rules and regulations.  Principals have the same expectations that teachers will maintain to conformity.

After research the Internet, I was able to find the following site to obtain a paragraph on conformity.

“Two aspects that are important in group behavior are conformity and compliance.  Both conformity and compliance are prevalent in all types of groups, but first is important to point out the differences between these two types of behavior. Conformity within a group entails members changing their attitudes and beliefs in order to match those of others within the group.  Those that conform tend to be obedient and compliant.  In order to conform, the group member must attribute someone as having the legitimacy and credibility to lead or influence the group's behavior.  Without this "leader", conformity toward the group's goals will be less prevalent.  If a member of the group fails to conform to the groups needs, he/she would lose credibility with the rest of the group.”

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