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A Typical Day

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  • Submitted: 24/04/2006
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Daryl Labiana

Ms. Sullivan

English 93/94

February 23, 2006

A Typical Day

Theodore R. Sizer's "What High School Is" depicts the average American high school students' Monday through Friday schedule. Mark, the character in "What High School Is," is a sixteen-year-old student attending Fraklin High School. Sizer portrays him as a likeable contemporary student whose schedule is much like a factory-line, modified for a student's schedule to go from raw material to the finished product. Sizer states that the school system is very similar to being employed full-time from 9 to 5, five-days-a-week. Sizer in describing a "typical" school day of the average American student acknowledges that the high school system is a flawed system lacking the "connection between stated goals...and the goals" actually achieved. This flaw merely characterizes a system of dubious objectives not corresponding to the eloquently stated purpose of education.

A conventional school day illustrated by Sizer depicts a daily routine many perceive to be a substitution of a child into an adult work environment. This is an environment in which many students such as Mark, experience class after class. It is a laborious "job" requiring total

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