“I Just Wanna Be Average”—Mike Rose

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In “I Just Wanna Be Average”, Mike Rose recounts his experiences in vocational program in high school, which known as bottom level. When he was a freshman, he accidently was placed in these classes but he decided to stay. Rose goes into details describing some of his teachers and classmates. Certain teachers he introduced were not enthusiastic about their jobs and they don’t believe their students can make good achievements, and sometime they even treat students violently, which also lead some students of the vocational program to slack off and not care about studying. Rose also focused on some of his classmates, who were seen as troublemakers. He found out that they actually were not always like fighting, being lazy and loafing, and they had some special skills showed their true personalities. There was one boy that very stuck out to Rose was Ken Harvey, who was asked by teacher to give an opinion of working hard to make achievements, stated that “ I just wanna be average” (Rose 335). I was pretty impressive about this quote because that I think being average might like some of students calm down and feel not so stressful to survive in educational system. Later in Rose’s life, he eventually moved out of vocational program and back to typical school system. At this time, his father passed away, which is not so relevant with the main plot. Later, Mr. MacFarland came into Rose’s life as his English teacher in senior year. Rose looked up Mr. MacFarland deeply because he sincerely cared of his students, told the importance of working hard to them and even encourage Rose to pursue further education in college. I can tell that Mr. MacFarland left positive impacts on Rose’s whole life, and helped him found his real potential.
The term “vocational program” was described as “ a euphemism for the bottom level” (Rose 332). In my point of view, it is to provide students basic job skills or train them to possess necessary knowledge in order to get “average” jobs later in society, because they were thought as that they could not make good achievements in academy. There are some similar schools or teaching systems in China as well, and students there are also belong to the bottom level of schools. However, what I noticed is that teachers and studying environments of these schools are not quite good as typical schools. I think teachers’ teaching methods and cares to students could influence them greatly in their school years. Back to my sophomore year in middle school, I had a very...

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