It's been a couple of years since I last attended Cleveland High School, but compared to my schooling right now in Illinois, I do not have a flattering impression of the school. The teachers were okay, though they didn't have that vested interest in the students and often times their lessons fell flat. The schooling system is block scheduled, so teachers have an hour and a half to teach their lessons. Some of this time is utilized wisely, but mostly a lot of the work is busywork, involving filling out useless paperwork and wiling away the time. Overall, the Freshmen experience was okay but nothing that sparked my desire to learn. Comparing the teachers I currently have and the ones I had in Freshmen year, it becomes obvious that the Portland public schooling system does not really strive to encourage individualistic thinking and curiosity, rather they focus more on testing and how to get the kids passing grades for their salaries.