Adler Essay Research Paper Overcrowded New York

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Adler Essay, Research Paper Overcrowded New York public schools? authoritative figures relieved the congestion of the school by allowing more intelligent children to skip grades. On several occasions, Adler benefited from this policy. At age twelve and a half, he graduated from P.S. 186 in upper Manhattan and selected to attend De Witt Clinton High School, one of Manhattan’s liberal arts secondary schools. During the first year of Adler’s attendance, only one teacher really held his undivided attention. The instructor was Garibaldi M. Lapolla, who taught freshman composition. By watching, Lapolla could tell Adler’s endeavor to become a writer, so he volunteered to help Adler learn how to write effectively. He told Adler how Flaubert had trained de Maupassant by making

him write the same story over numerous times until Flaubert felt it had reached perfection. Lapolla decided to mimic that procedure. Tasked to choose an object and write a single-page description of it, Adler choose a fire hydrant as the object to describe. He ended up writing the paper twenty times before Mr. Lapolla laid his blue pencil down and gave his final approval. Two publications, the Magpie, a monthly magazine, and the De Witt Clinton News, a weekly newspaper, were among the extracurricular activities at De Witt Clinton High. Adler became editor of the Magpie before the end of the second school year, and by the beginning of the third school year, he became the editor of the De Witt Clinton News. Diverted from his studies and schoolwork by his newly found positions,

Mortimer did enough schoolwork to meet the requirements. While editor, Adler was ordered by principal Francis H. J. Paul to suspend a student from the staff of the De Witt Clinton News because his grades were below par. Disciplinary actions were injected since Adler deliberately defied a direct order from the principal. Adler was suspended from all extracurricular activities. Since he despised studying and going to class, he persuaded his parents to let him drop out of school and go to work. The family was financially unstable, so they agreed to let him quit school. Adler was fifteen years old when this incident occurred. Going to work only meant one thing for the young Adler–a return to journalism. He was employed as a copyboy on the New York Sun. He felt working in the

editorial rooms on daytime shift was better than the City Room where his hours would have been four to midnight. Day after day, editorial after editorial, Adler awaited the editor in chief to summons him to his desk to take his typewritten copy to the composing room. On the twenty-fifth day of employment, his wish came a reality. Gradually, Mortimer moved up the totem pole. He became the editor in chief’s secretary, whose pay was slightly higher than the copyboy’s pay. Adler’s parents had no remorse feelings about his termination of high school attendance because his weekly contribution to the family income was more than enough justification. Determined to reach his goal of becoming a renowned journalist, no obstacles would vacillate his choice. With an overdose of

aspiration and an absurd degree of impatience, Mortimer decided to accelerate his advancement by attending night classes in the Extension Division of Columbia University. His main objective was to improve his writing skills. He enrolled in a Victorian Literature class taught by Professor Frank Allen Patterson. In the class the works of art read were by Browning, Tennyson, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Walter Savage Landor, Hazlitt and Lamb, and the Autobiography of John Stuart Mill. Mill’s book really inspired the young Adler. He read the book to the degree that he knew Mill’s life story verbatim. Reading Mill’s Autobiography sent Adler in search of Plato. The night courses taken in Columbia University made it possible for Adler to enter college with standing advancement,