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I Just Wanna Be Average

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I Just Wanna Be Average

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Mike Rose’s “I Just Wanna Be Average” essay makes me mad, but, at the same time, it makes me realize how lucky I am. I had never been in a special program, so I never thought about the students who were in those programs. Actually, my school had the kind of vocational track that the essay introduced, but I didn’t care about them because I wasn’t part of the track. Therefore, I really didn’t know that the students who were in that kind of special programs could be lost their identity due to poor instruction and suffered from lacking of motivation. Reading this essay, I double-checked that education needs the harmony of students, teachers, and its system. Temporarily, I thought, if there were more teachers who thought like Mr.MacFarland in reality, students would embrace learning because Mr.MacFarland truly knows how to speak to a student. However, education is not just about teachers. Though there are tons of teachers like Mr.MacFarland who knew how to talk to his students, education cannot be successful if students don’t have any will of learning, I think. In other words, education cannot be completed without students’ own minds. This essay tries to show that students are not alone. Whenever they are frustrated, there are teachers to help them. Maybe, this might be true, but I think about how many students really depend on teachers when they feel frustrated. I don’t want to be negative, but, though teachers are always sitting in their office, there are just a few students who look for them to talk about something. This is the reality, so I feel like this story is just about a utopia that we have ever dreamed. For me, teachers are still on a top of line and they are the people who I can’t approach easily because of their status. This is the reason that I was mad a little bit because the reality that I live is not in the same situation like the story. Even if my situation is different with Mike Rose’s story, but I do believe that teachers exist...