The above article, written by teacher Carol Krakower, gives a description of the storyteling “team” she runs in her school for grades 6 and up. Being a part of this team, she argues, gives kids the same “gratification” and “status symbol” that being on a sports team does. “It is personally gratifying to achieve a position of honor on your team.” She writes. “Kids know that achievement is earned.”
Her team is divided into “Forensic” and “Varsity” levels. Forensic-level team members build skills and repertoires. Varsity-levelers are given the opportunity to perform outside of school.
“Some people,” she writes, “feel that storytelling should be open to any student without pressure.” She disagrees, posturing that a certain bar must be set for children. If it is never set, they will never reach for it. By creating a “position of honor” which must be “earned,” Krakower seems to assert that children will work harder and ultimately take more pride in their storytelling abilities, as well as their proficiency as performers.