He is very knowledgable and I don't doubt that for a second. However, his contextualization quizzes are impossible, he rarely posts homework, and when he does he posts it at 9:00 at night or right before/right as class starts and has the balls to tell us that we had homework. Someone wrote a review that if you play games you'll fail, which is not true because some of the smartest kids game all class and get an A and some kids that pay attention and ask questions are failing. Horrible grader too.
As many others have mentioned already, Mr. Holmes is a BC High legend and a true MFO. While memorizing Shakespeare and Homer might not be the most fun, he never gives you anything that you can't handle. Generally the kids who complain about him the most are the kids who game all class and don't pay attention. If you listen, pay attention and don't play games during class, you will do fine. Declamation is an amazing experience. Come into his class with an open mind and you will do great!
Mr. Holmes is a BC High legend whether you want to admit it or not. This man is first off a great person, Man for Others and loves all his students with a passion. He is very knowledgable on some topics but alas everyone has their flaws. Holmesy has literally been stoned for the past 25 years and goes into the craziest tangents sometimes. His class is hard cause he teaches in a very odd and not extremely productive way, but after knowing him for awhile, you'll catch my drift.
If you are good at memorizing things, you will do great in this class. If not, you will fail. Think memorizing poems and shakespear by heart is easy? Think again. Definetly a lunatic. Every once in a while he will have a good idea, or say something relativly smart. It is easy to tell my class is way behind the others and we will all fail on the quarterlies just like last quarter. Drop this class if u can.
Hands-down the worst teacher I had at BC High. Great guy, but he is just such a bad teacher.
Best teacher I've ever had
Great Guy Horrible teacher
This guy is crazy. He is very knowledgeable about the a Odyssey, but if you didn't know him, you might think he was high.
Being in this class is like running a race, only your coach is breaking your kneecaps with a cane and telling you that you are faster than anyone else. I'm pretty sure that he's been on an acid flashback since 1996. Nice guy, but drop out ASAP.
This guy is the worst...if you have the change ask for a class change. He sucks!
Bomb teacher. Absolute sped great guy
He spends way too much time going over the odyssey, though he does give very few assignments, but he has these very difficult quizzes, and gives you an extremely short amount of time to take them.
English IV- Nice guy, bad teacher. Context quizzes are hard, and the class is very boring as nothing gets accomplished as he focuses on small, minute things. Do weekend correspondance (letter writing) as it really brings up your grade.
Gene is a pretty unique guy. His classes have little to no organization but he'll give you points just for listening to him read a poem. Great guy and enjoyed his class. Always an opportunity to either get other homework done or listen to his stories, which are pretty interesting.
This class is so obscure that I don't really know how to rate/describe it. Mr. Holmes is a great guy, and an excellent and kind-hearted human being, and respect him for that. HOWEVER, I could care less about how he thinks the letter "v" looks like big bird and more about not getting a failing grade on the final. We sing songs, and make ryhmes and its literally sesame street. Essentially, I have had to teach myself the entire course, which is not worth my time and money. ZERO notes, this is BAD.
He spends way to much time having us memorize random poems, difficult quizes, gives almost no homework, usually takes months to correct stuff, and barely goes over Caesar. Great guy, bad teacher. Late for class every day, comes in mumbling under his breath: "Men men men men, men men men men" and gives you only a few minutes for quizes, after which he makes you sing "Pass em up, pass em up p up up up, pile em high on a platter, uh shadooby, shattered shattered, uh, shadooby, shattered shattered"
mad funny but not great at teaching... mad hard contextualization quizzes but cool like after u have him as a teacher like the next year
I had him 15 years ago, sounds about the same. I remember he would do pushups or dips during class with his feet on the desk and his hands on the chalk tray.
i credit my interest in writing/literature more to eugene than anybody, but it does come at the expense of a ridiculously unorganized, out of control, sometimes completely pointless class.
Mr. Holmes is an awesome teacher, he knows his stuff and teaches it better than anyone else, the guy makes you work but if you are willing to work a little, you'll learn a ton. Great Guy.BEST PERSON at BCH
GREAT TEACHER. hilrious too. his tests are really tough and classes can be really unorganzied though..
Brilliant, but no organization or direction in class. Sometimes seems distant. Can be hilarious, with his frequent references to the 1960s era/events. Loves music and the Odyssey. Take his class to relax, and you'll leave thinking he's a great person.
a real MFO (MAN FOR OTHERS)..tough teacher...cool daughter
They made this man a department head? Still, love the guy.
the biggest mess I have ever seen, Wrangler all the way
Andra moi ennepa mousa polotropon hos malla palla. Holmes is the man. English I Advanced Sec 2 06' what what!
His class is ridiculously hard, but he's a great guy outside of class...Gets way off-topic and stays there...
Holmes is, quite simply the man. I had him last year for English I and he may be the most brilliant person I've ever met. WAY underrated.
You dont walk around the campus for forty minutes making sure sophmores dont get in to any trouble That's not a normal thing for a teacher to do.
Holems is a terrile teacher.I dont care where he went to college, this man would be better off driving a cab again.it shouldnt take a month to grade tests
sort of a mess but a cool guy, knows what hes talking about but doesnt teach it very well, tends to ramble
Mr. Holmes is great. I'm also still waiting for my Funny Story. And the 'deep too' joke. Anyway, I learned stuff like the Motha Tung. It was a fun class. In that funny kind of way.
really great guy..helped me a ton.By far the most underated teacher in the school. u dont realize how much of great teacher and man he really is. thanks for everything Mr. Holmes...ps the guy knows his stuff. smartest teacher at BCH
knows his stuff, but doesnt teach too clearly, tends to wander off topic
I am still waiting for my funny story. Just, sit right down and you'll a tale, A tale of an ancient Greek...
Mr. Holmes is a cool guy and has the Odyssey memorized but he doesn't know how to teach. Hilarious to watch in class
He dont realize how good he is until at least two years later. I hated him then, but I love the guy now
worst ever, an absolute mess,can't stand the odyssey, doesnt teach, in the classroom for an average of 15 min. a day, horrible, finally made his first test
This man is the most easy to understand and clearly spoken person alive, one could define him as normal.
good guy, but never got quizzes back like the jellyfish and the funny story, i think it was too much to jug the whole class when a few kids threw blank cd's
So what if he forgot to come to class sometimes. So what if he forgot to have us finish a few things. He is a great guy. He will always help a student out.
his freshman english class was by far the worst class i've ever had, way to much time on the oddessey and has anyone ever heard of teh red baloon
geno is the man , quizes are impossible but not like he even grades them anyway . just blaze gino just blaze
Knows a ton about the Odyssey, loves English, but he never passes stuff back.........you only being to realize what a great teacher this guy is after you're out of his class