Sunday, February 21, 2010

Aria by Richard Rodriguez

This was an interesting piece to read, it was nice to hear from the perspective of the student rather than the educator. Some quotes that stood out to me:
1. What I needed to learn in school was that I had the right- and the obligation- to speak the public language of los gringos.
This quote seems to reinforce what Delpit says about teaching students the codes of the culture of power, even a young child recognizes that to be accepted and allowed to participate in the culture of power, you must learn the rules and codes of power.

2. Following the dramatic Americanization of their children, even my parents grew more publicly confident.
This is another example of how assimiliating to the culture of power can open up a whole new world for someone, a world where they may have previously been denied admission because of their ignorance of the codes of the culture of power.

3. Matching the silence I started hearing in public was a new quiet at home.
I thought it was sad that while the author was equipped with a new language to help him in the culture of power, his first language had to get pushed to the side, and he lost the closeness he once had with his family.

1 comment:

  1. Jessica, i agree with you when you say it was a good article because it was from a student rather then an educator it was easier for me to relate to and understand