There is any number of issues you may respond to with Rodriguez’s essay “The Achievement of Desire,” but I’ll throw out two for your consideration:
1) What is your response to Rodriguez’s sense of his parents as he’s growing up “a scholarship boy”? He frequently expresses a mix of emotions, from pride to shame, admiration to embarrassment. Do you find yourself forgiving him, or do you find yourself holding him to account, or somewhere in between? Remember, of course, that he’s reflecting as an adult on his memory of being a child.
…education is a long, unglamorous, even demeaning process–a nurturing never natural to the person one was before one entered a classroom. At once different from most other students, the scholarship boy is also the archetypal “good student.” He exaggerates the difficulty of being a student, but his exaggeration reveals a general predicament. Others are changed by their schooling as much as he. They too must re-form themselves” (352-53).
What does Rodriguez mean by this? How is education demeaning and “unnatural”? And why and how must we re-form ourselves in schools? What is it about education that puts us in this position?
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