Ari Memoir Of A Bilingual Childhood By Richard Rodriguez

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In the essay, "Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood", Richard Rodriguez explains his opinion on bilingual education based on his own childhood experience. He provides reasons why it would be retrogressive to permit the non-English speaking children use their family language as the language in school. In defending his positions, he provides three ideas to support his position:
• The use of family language impedes child’s social growth. Insistence on using Spanish language at home made Rodriguez and his older sister and brother to be socially disadvantaged at school. Their continued use of Spanish as their private language stunted their ability and confidence to speak English. This slowed their assimilation in the American society (Rodriguez).

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