I went to two middle schoolsthe first was Coolidge Middle School and then there was Middle School East. I only went to one high school, Milford High School that was the first timeI went to a school and actually stayed there the whole time. Then I went onto Quinsigamond Community College and then to MassBay Community Collegewhere I am right now. All of these schools are different they each havetheir own way of teaching the students, and some of them are definitelybetter than others.
The first school that I went to was Normandy Elementary; I was there fromkindergarten to the fourth grade. Normandy was an almost all AfricanAmerican school and I felt that I always stuck out quite a bit. I also wasnever challenged at Normandy they gave me the easiest stuff and I basicallyjust shot through all of my classes. I guess that’s why I ended up at thegenius school but when I got there everything just seemed really hard and Icould never fully keep up with the other kids.
The teachers at that schoolwere great and they tried to help me out but I always felt like I wasn’tgood enough for that school and I was right. The reason that the geniusschool was too hard for me is because Normandy gave all the kids work thatwas below them so that they could coast right through and just get out ofthe school without any problems. The good thing about the genius school wasthat it had the newest stuff like good computers, new books, teachers thatactually cared, and kids that were nicer. I only stayed at that school forsix months because my parents got divorced and we had to move to adifferent state. My next school was Harrison Elementary, I really didn’tlike that school at all. I was going through a rough time and didn’t wantto deal with school at all, but the school did not understand that so Ibasically failed almost every subject.
I only spent about a year atHarrison before we move to a different neighborhood and I had to go toPrather Elementary. Prather had a really strange way of teaching they wouldsplit each subject into four levels with first level being the highest andfourth level being the lowest. I was always in the fourth level in almostevery class so I was being taught slower than the kids in the higherlevels. I don’t get how teaching a kid slower will help that kid catch upwith everyone else but that’s how the school taught. Then I went on to Coolidge Middle School it basically had the same systemas Prather did but we had to go to seven sometimes eight classes a day.
Ithad it’s differences like the kind of classes they made me take like homeeconomics, technology, art and music classes along with the usual math,English and sciences. Coolidge wasn’t that good of a school because it wasvery overcrowded over a thousand kids went to that school and I heard thatmore are going now. The teachers barely had time for you because there wereover thirty something kids in the class and we never had enough books wealways had to share with another kid. I only spent about six months atCoolidge till I had to move to Massachusetts and Middle School East. MiddleSchool East was a lot tougher than any of my other schools, the kids wereway ahead of me in almost every subject and I felt a little stupid. Theschool itself was a lot nicer than my other schools it had some betterteachers, books, and just better ways of teaching.
I only spent six monthsat Middle School East before I had to go off to high school. Milford High School reminded me a bit of my first middle school or at leastthat’s what I thought at first. In high school we had say over what classeswe took but we did have to follow the recommendations of our guidancecounsuelers before with could take the classes we wanted. I got to takesome classes that interesyed me like Psychology, Zoology, Video Production,and Chorale which is all singing, but I still had to take the boring stufflike English, Math, some of the sciences, and gym.
In English class I wasforced to read books that I never would read on my own like Animal Farm,Macbeth, The Glass Menangeriae, Moby Dick, and a bunch of other books. Theteachers saud that these books would help me learn about the world and alsoimprove my vocabulary not like the books that I read on my own which theydidn’t like me reading. Well I actually graduated from high school and thenI had to go onto college so I went to two different community collegesbecause I couldn’t get into any four-year schools. The first college I went to was Quinsigamond Community College, I did notlike this school it was not orientated towards evening students.
I couldnever get any help there because all of the offices shut down before fiveand I didn’t usually get to school till six a clock at night. I only wentto Quinsigamond for one semester, then I went to MassBay Community Collegewhere I am today. MassBay is a pretty good school, it has services thatnight school students can access, the teachers seem like they actuallycare, and I can finally get up to date books. Since I haven’t chosen amajor yet I can take courses that interest me till I find a major that Ilike and will complemet my strengths. I think the purpose of my education has been to teach me things that Imay not have learned on my own and to prepare me for the next phase of mylife. In grade school the purpose was to teach me the basic stuff thateveryone needs to know.
The purpose of middle school was to expand on whatI learned in grade school and to prepare me for high school. I guess thepurpose of high school was to prepare me for college, or if I was not goingto college than a job. Finally the purpose of college is to expand on whatyou learn in high school, and when you pick your major help you learn thethings that will make you excel in your chosen field. All school probablyhave the same basic purpose but who knows I maybe completely wrong aboutthis.