Just like Rodriguez was furious at his parents for forcing him into English classes, which started his separation from his parents. They all laughed. I want to do more of this because I believe in fostering conversation among students and not just addressing me as the teacher-as-judge "well yes, that is very interesting, but.
This reminds me of Laura's point in the other class that since her dad is an engineer, she can do complex physics problems with him in a way that may isolate other members of her family.
In reference to the way he reads for the majority of his education, it can be said he reads going with the grain, while he reads a large volume of books, the quality of his reading is lacking He did not need to break away from his culture entirely to become successful.
But other times, he puts the discourse in parantheses. It becomes apparent that Rodriguez believes that only a select few go through the awful experiences that he underwent.
He does this through a very spectacular lens, identifying the spiritual connection with religion as an inherent culture. Wednesday, September 21, Richard Rodriguez's "The Achievement of Desire" Today, we had a couple of really great discussions about this essay.
Richard Rodriguez uses this term to explain his ascent up the ladder of education as a nervous, skittish, and imitative student, and his emotional epiphany twenty years later. I was probably about six or seven years old while I was in the first grade. For Rodriguez, the process of becoming a "scholarship boy," and then shedding this persona and embracing his own past and his uniqueness, was a necessary part of his education.