Learning at Your Own Pace

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Learning at Your Own Pace
It was my junior year in high school when I enrolled myself in a class called AVID, that helped students prepare for college. A friend of mine told me about this class and told me that every year the go on a class trip up north visiting various colleges until they get to San Francisco. When I went to enroll in the class the teacher told me I had to have at least a B in all my classes with a 3.0 G.P.A. Although I had no problem enrolling in the class I couldn’t help but feel like I was in the “smart” class. Looking back at how much that class helped me; students should be separated according to their skill level.

In “Of My Friend Hector and My Achilles Heel” by Michael T. Kaufman, Kaufman mentioned in his essay “children from other classes, those presumably not so intellectually gifted, would tease and taunt us;” unfortunately my friends and I went through the same exact thing. As much as we loved our class we would constantly be picked on, being called “nerds”, “geeks”, and “teacher’s pets” was part of our everyday routine. One of us could simply be walking to the bathroom or the library not knowing that we were being watched, and walk out right into a handful of kids pointing and laughing at us for no reason. We had our days when we would just brush it off like nothing had been said; we knew not to step down to that level of being immature and arrogant but there were days where we could not control a word that came out of our mouths.

As the school year was slowly going by the more interesting it got, we started noticing that a lot of the bullying had stopped. At first it felt good walking out of class and not being teased at but after a while it just got very weird. We were not sure whether to go with it or to keep an eye out for any thought out evil prank from the older teens or the “adults” of the school. There was a time I had stayed after school to work on some extra credit, as I was getting ready to leave the library I came...
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