安东尼·雷（Anthony John Ray）：目前就读于加州圣何塞使命高中高二年级。他于今年夏天在福建参加了“中国寻根之旅”夏令营活动，加入了东南网美国站小记者项目，并被授予东南网美国站小记者证书。
First Day of Class at Silicon Valley's
Public High School Silicon Valley is the world’s technology center, home to the leading IT companies like Intel, Facebook, and Cisco. Where do all of these corporate executives and top engineers send their kids for school? Many of them send their kids to Mission San Jose High in Fremont, CA. Average SAT scores for the school are on par with Ivy League Universities, and graduates go on to attend schools like Harvard, Princeton and MIT, and the UC Berkeley. After spending a semester in university, many kids report back that their college classes are much easier than their MSJ classes.
Walking through the parking lot into the school, you can see that this is not your typical educational institution. BMWs, Audis and Corvettes fill the parking lot with overly-loud pop music. Everyone is either Chinese or Indian. There are few other races in this school, where homes average typically range from $1million to $2 million.
As the bell rings, I walk into a classroom where the teacher looks like she could scare a shark. She assigns us a 75 page reading assignment, a poem, an essay, and an introduction letter, due in 2 days. This is for just one of my classes. In addition my my regular 6 classes, I also take a four hour Chinese class every Saturday. And in addition to all of my classwork, people are already studying for the SAT, the American equivalent of China’s “lian kao,” taken at the start of junior year. You CANNOT fail the SAT.
Now it’s lunchtime. As I walk across the cafeteria and see the athletes, the nerds, and the FOBs (Chinese kids who are “Fresh off the Boat”). My group is the athletes, is probably the most diverse. It consists of a mix of Chinese, white and a few Indian and Middle Eastern kids. I settle down at the table, and open my processed, expired spicy chicken sandwich. As I bit into it, I taste something crunchy. A bone – yuck! I spit it out and throw away the rest of my lunch. The bell rings, and it’s time for my next class.
I finish Geometry, Modern World History, and Ceramics. The last bell rings at 3:00pm and the school day is finally over. I sigh in relief, still knowing that this is only the beginning of 250 days of hell. I have a large pile of homework, and have water polo practice from 6:00PM to 9:00 PM. Most schools in the United States are not as stressful and demanding as Chinese schools. But Mission San Jose is. It’s time for me to sharpen my pencil and hit the books before practice. My rest period won’t come until the rest of my family has long been asleep.
- Anthony Ray
Anthony Ray is in his second year of high school at Mission San Jose High in Fremont, California. He spent the summer at the Camp of China in Fujian Province.
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