November 04, 2009
This school provided me with a unique and outstanding education that has had a major impact on my life. There is not a day that goes by that I am not using a skill learned so many years ago when I was a student at 'Tech.' The teachers, academic and athletic programs were outstanding and I would venture to say that there was, and is, not a school like it anywhere in the nation. Other local NYC schools may have approcahed Tech's excellent standards in traditional academic classes such as math and science, but I am confident in saying that there has never been a school that could offer these as Tech did (and still does), along with the truly unique classes designed to prepare students for careers in engineering. Despite this emphasis, Tech provided an all-around education that inspired students to excell in all academic fields. All one has to do is to glance at the listing of Tech graduates and the many fields and disciplines we graduates represent, to realize that Tech provided us with a solid educational foundation in critical thinking and problem-solving, tools capable of being utilized in any field, from chemical or electrical engineering, to medicine, computer science, journalism or professional sports. I believe an education that inspires students to learn, to question, to think and to do, is the best form of education. But then again, I am biased. Biased by having been exposed to some of the finest teachers NYC had to offer, and to one of the most unique practical high school programs any city would be proud to call its own. There has never been, and likely never will be, a high school like Tech. Tech should win this contest, not because it produced the best braggards in the nation, but because it inspired so many, and best exemplifies what Henry Adams once said about teachers: 'Teachers affect eternity, no one can tell where their influence stops.' This certainly applies to Tech's ongoing legacy and should be the criteria used to judge this contest. But if bragging would help, I could do that too, but I don't think it necessary because everyone already knows that the best school in America is Brooklyn Technical High School!
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