High school English is usually a place to foster a student's ability to manipulate our complex language to create papers such as this one. But recently, due to the No Child Left Behind Act passed by former president George W. Bush, many teachers have had to dumb down their curriculum to suit their less motivated students. As a result of this, students aren't challenged enough in the classroom, and some never realize their true potential. But in this student's experience, there is one teacher who takes no nonsense from lazy students, and he definitely left a few kids behind.
Jerry Brown is a long tenured English instructor at Round Rock High School, and he teaches sophomore and senior level classes at the advanced …show more content…
We received our semester long essay project, which involved writing ten different two-page essays. The subjects of the essays had been chosen for us, and there were three installments to be turned in, one for each six week grading period. Along with that assignment, we were also given three separate book reports to write along with an in-class performance of Antigone by Sophicles.
It was around this point that I began to lose my motivation to do any class work whatsoever, and my grade suffered for it. One day, Mr. Brown held me after class and told me that I had the lowest grade out of any of his students that he has ever taught. With that as my motivation, I studied long and hard to get my grade up, and in the end I had barely passed the class with a sixty-nine point eight average.
As the end of the year approached, all the students began to choose what classes they would take the next year, and for each core class, the student would need the signature of approval on their choice for next year. When I brought my course selection sheet to Mr. Brown, he noted that I had signed up for on-level junior English, and then he stated that he wouldn't sign my sheet unless I was going into advanced English again the next year. So I changed my choice on the paper so he would sign it, then I erased what I had changed and signed up for the on-level class, because I knew I would do better in a non-advanced class, and my grade point average had already suffered