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This is an academic summary of an essay by Richard Rodriguez, "Achievement of Desire".
I am looking for help with proofreading and any ideas you may have on how to expand this essay further. As a child Rodriguez was the exception to the stereotypical student coming from a working class family.
He was always top of his class, and rather than spending his time out with friends or with his family he spent his time with books and notes. Initially this approach makes Rodriguez stand out as an exceptional student, but as time goes on he becomes an outsider both at home and in school.
The scholarship boy comes from a working class family background and when he starts school is thrust into a totally new environment. School is a part of the world that is completely alien to a boy from a working class family.
It is easy to see a young boy might get caught up in all this.
He has parents who are barely scraping by and know he is in a place where he can ensure his future by getting a good education. They knew first hand how hard it was to get by with little schooling. Coming from that type of low-income environment with difficult day-to-day living conditions and then entering a world of stability at school it is easy to see why Rodriguez or any scholarship boy would desire to reside in that type of stable educated environment.
The problem with the scholarship boy is that in attempting to advance himself and separate himself from his home environment he looses all sense of self. In becoming the scholarship boy Rodriguez had lost all connection with his family. Parents have great amounts of wisdom and values that they can pass on to their children besides the facts and figures that children are taught in school.
Parents have years more experience at life then their children, and can help children avoid the same mistakes they did. The scholarship boy does not realize that there is more to being knowledgeable than just know the answer to two plus two.
He is incapable at least initially of understand that true knowledge comes with understanding and cannot be gained through simple memorization. The scholarship boy desires so much to be successful that he looses track of the meaning of success.
The keyword in that statement is their, he does not allow himself his own opinions but instead takes the opinions of others.
It makes the boy seem smart at first, but that is only on the surface, beyond that he barely understands the meaning. Upon entering college there are radical changes to this high school way of learning, students have more freedom to make more decisions about where their education will take them.
There can be a struggle to find the proper balance for the new student. Some students may embrace the new environment and excel others may find it hard to adjust and fall behind in their studies. A new college student may not experience the same issues that Rodriguez did when growing up, but the principle is the same.In a passage written by Richard Rodriguez, the author recaps spending the Christmas season at home with the family.
While recalling the event, Rodriguez provides details on Mother Rodriguez's prediction of the American dream for the children.
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