For my individual aspect of the procedural rhetoric project will be modifying the system behind my high school Fairfield College Preparatory School. Fairfield Prep is a private, Jesuit, all boys high school in the Town of Fairfield in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The school consists of about a thousand boys from all over Fairfield and New Haven Counties of Connecticut. The students were required to wear button down shirts with ties, khaki pants with belts, dress shoes, have properly trimmed hair, no facial piercings or tattoos and any violations of the dress code resulted in a “J.U.G.” (Justice Under God). If you were late to class, J.U.G. If a teacher thought you were being disrespectful, J.U.G. A detention consisted of the dean of students writing a passage from the bible on the board and you had to write that same sentence over and over again until you completed two full pages front and back. Since most of the students who attend Fairfield Prep don’t live in the town of Fairfield, more than half of the students had to rely on the Metro North Railroad line to get home. The Fairfield train station is over a mile away from the school so there is a “train bus” that will bring you to the train station. The bus to the train station stops running fifteen minutes after school gets out. The school has a 8:40-2:30 schedule but say you were to have a J.U.G., after school activities, practice for sports etc. that leaves you no choice but to walk to the train station and catch the next train. This has kids not getting home until 6 or 7 o’clock due to the commute.
The school is located on the campus of Fairfield University, which has many services that Bonaventure has such as a shuttle bus and they even have kiosks around campus for food. Even though Fairfield Prep was established many years before Fairfield University, Fairfield Prep students are ‘banned’ from using the campus’s services. Fairfield Prep students use them anyway because they simply don’t care. Fairfield Prep has a very strict curriculum where students are required to have four years of theology classes, three years of science, four years of math, three years of foreign language, one year of computer literacy, four years of English, four years of history and electives that include band, chorus and public speaking. In my hometown of Norwalk, Connecticut all of my friends that attended the public schools in my town took such interesting classes including cooking, hotel management, criminal justice, psychology, African-American studies and more.
If I were to modify the system of Fairfield Prep there would be a few things that I would change to make the students happier, have more convenient ways of getting home from school and be more prepared for their college career. Since the school is located on a university and the high school has a longer history, Fairfield Prep students should be able to at least use their shuttle buses to get to the train station to make their commute home much easier. Since more than half of the student population takes the train to get to school, teachers and the administration should be more lenient when it comes to getting to school a few minutes late. There can be multiple delays due to rain or snow and the school does not care one bit and they will give dozens of student’s detention (J.U.G.). It’s simply hands down not fair, especially since most of the students don’t even choose to attend that school; it’s their parent’s decision.
I definitely believe that the curriculum should be modified to offer a more diverse selection of courses to choose from. When I came to Bonaventure, I aced all of my religion classes because those were the most demanding classes I took at Fairfield Prep. I failed my psychology class because it was never offered at my school meanwhile a number of my classmates were having no problems in the class because they had taken psychology classes in high school. If the school wasn’t so strict on theology or history or English then maybe there would be room for a more expansive amount of classes to choose from for electives that truly do prepare students for college. The school cost eleven thousand dollars my freshman year and it was thirteen thousand dollars by the end of my senior year. You would think with a thousand students attending this school with that high of tuition they would be able to afford to supply more elective classes. A college preparatory school needs to start actually preparing their students for college because I didn’t feel like I really was.