Though many who have read Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan believe that Esperanza and her mother should have stayed in Aguascalientes, Mexico, on the contrary, I believe that they were right to leave for California. If they stayed, they would have had to face several consequences, one being having to live with Esperanza’s uncle, despicable Tio Luis. At the same time, when they went to California, they did not have to leave everything behind, it was a choice they made. After all, as Esperanza herself said in the book, “Do not ever be afraid to start over.” (p. 253)
However, in order for one to truly understand the arguments made by the authors they must also understand the context behind these arguments; therefore, knowing how the individual authors’ definition of bilingualism lets the reader truly absorb what points they’re trying to make and why.In Espada’s essay, he defines bilingualism as a way for a person to remain in contact with their different cultural identities. There are many areas in the essay where the reader could interpret this definition from. However, the most significant piece of evidence appears at the beginning of the essay where Espada mentions his friend Jack Agueros’ analogy to describe his bilingualism “English and Spanish are like two dogs I love. English is an obedient dog.
El Paso is a very culturally diverse city that borders, its sister city, Juarez. The
The film “Speaking in Tongues” (2010) obtained the students, parents, and communities perspective towards bilingual education. The students interviewed were all mainly towards learning how to speak a second language. The students felt they could benefit in learning a second language or in expanding their home language. In the film, Kelly Wong stated she loved speaking Chinese to her grandmother. Kelly could practice, learn, and get corrected by her grandmother while speaking Chinese. The parent’s perspective towards bilingual education was like the student’s opinions because both individuals felt immersion classrooms benefit the students and the parents. The father of Jason was proud his son was the first in his family to read, write, and speak in English. Jason’s father knew his son would have many career opportunities by learning English at school. Learning the English academic language was not the only proud language Jason’s father encouraged for Jason to learn but also the Spanish language as well. Jason’s father only speaks Spanish so if his son was to lose his home language, a language barrier would form between father and son. To prevent the language barrier Jason’s father encouraged a bilingual immersion
The book Choice Words by Peter H Johnson challenges teachers to think about the words that they say because teachers have such a powerful influence on how children see themselves. Teachers undoubtedly are a very influential part of child’s life. The words that teachers say (and don’t say) influence a child way beyond the time that he or she is in their classroom. For example, my daughter is in the second grade; she has vivid memories of all of her teachers. She remembers their character and how they made her feel. She has a positive attitude about school and loves to learn. As a mother, I am thankful for the teachers that have poured into her life. In the same way, I want to be a positive influence to my students.
At a very young age, I’ve always been interested in helping and teaching others the power of knowledge. It mostly stems from the knowledge I was taught by my loved ones. Being the youngest in my family. There was always someone looking out for me and always tending to my needs. That someone was my magnificent mother, Tonya Hunt. A woman who exemplifies what it’s meant to be a strong African American women. She’s a single mother of four who just wanted her kids to be filled with happiness, prosperity, and success.
In the short stories we have read there have been numerous themes. The impact of tradition, the value of heritage, the importance of family, the divide between social classes, and the presence of love are all ideas that can be found in the stories we have read. Short stories have managed to encapture the importance and true meaning of life in just a few sentences by imposing on the readers themes we can all relate to. A common theme presented in Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” and Toni Cade Bambara’s “The Lesson” is the power of knowledge and education.
Education has a cost, and that cost can be far greater to some achievers of it. Author, Rodriguez Richard talks about his idea of education in the essay “Achievement of Desire”. Richard, in the essay is a man who looks back into his childhood and his path into being an educated man. He is new to America and learning a new culture seemed really difficult to him. But his desire to learn more led him to his ambition to read and study about the culture of America, but slowly saw himself being separated from his own culture. Richard talks about his opinion on his path to success when he states. “A primary reason for my success in the classroom was that I couldn't forget that schooling was changing me and separating me from the life i enjoyed before becoming a student.”(Pg. 50) It is in this quote that made me realize the cost of his education. He is very sad about the path he took, although he chose education to be his priority, he did not want to see himself separating himself from his child self(the time when he would spend more time with his family than anything else). It is argued whether if Richard’s final goal became successful, I believe that it did not. Later in his text, he quotes “After years spent unwilling to admit its attractions, i gestured nostalgically toward the past. I yearned for that time when i had not been so alone. I became impatient with books….I wanted something, I couldn’t say exactly what. I told myself that I wanted a more passionate life.” This sets the conclusion that Richard did not in fact reach success. Success is not always achieved even after a life of education. It’s what one desires to achieve that defines your
Children inherit traits from each of their parents—whether their eye color or their height— we all get something. I inherited the determination and wisdom they carry in addition to physical traits. My mother taught me to work hard, and that will change your view of the world. People will look down on you for looking different and being different; they will judge you due to your race and financial status, I remember being young and watching my mother work for hours on end, only taking short breaks throughout the day, and readily continuing her job when she got home. She did this because of stereotypes—particularly, the belief that immigrants are lazy. I knew that when I became older I wanted to have the same determination and work ethic that I grew up observing. I wanted to have the same strength that she did to pursue her passions.
The article 'Mother Tongue ' by author Amy Tan is about the variations in the English language the author uses in her life. She describes her English when giving a speech to a other people, English she uses when speaking to her mother, and English she uses in her writing. She tells of difficulties faced by both her mother and herself from these many differences.
Growing up as a young black African-American girl in the rural south, Atlanta Georgia to be exact was not just southern peaches and cream, but more everyday trials and tribulations that built character. Marie Linnette Scott, born on 09/21/1930 at a healthy seven pounds, 2 ounces to the late Fannie Brown and Fredrick Brown. She was the second daughter of the family and the last child. Marie was the baby in the family and brought so much joy to her family. Having a father as a farmer and a mother as a housewife taught Marie to work hard and always keep up on household duties. On April 13th, 2016 I had the pleasure to interview Marie Linette Scott and the information I received during my interview I will cherish and always remember.
“Hispanic men, for their part, have made no progress in narrowing the wage gap with white men since 1980” (Patten lines 39-40). Since the dawn of time there has always been discrimination against races that society deems “superior”. In history, in the lives of those who are dedicated to change, and for the betterment of Texas there has always been a shadow cast by inequality. There is hope from every educated person, that this stigma would be completely eradicated. Inequality does nothing but hurt our society and weaken the ties between fellow human beings.
Betty was born August 30, 1930 in southern Missouri. Her parents, Maggie and Casey, were your everyday farmers in Christian County. She had an older sister, Wanita, and an older brother, Wayne, as well as a few younger siblings. Growing up, she was blessed to be in a Christian home, where your faith was everything.
If students begin their bilingual education as early as kindergarten, they are more likely to successfully acquire a second language. Children are like sponges and soak up information easily. Research conducted by Dr. Patricia Kuhl at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington shows that by 8-12 months, if babies are exposed to a second language, they retain the ability to distinguish those foreign sounds. Moreover, through the age of 7 or 8, children are able to learn to speak a second language with fluent grammar and without an accent. After this critical period, the ability to master a
Intersectionality is the recognition that a woman’s oppressions, limitations and opportunities result from the combined impact of two or more influential statuses-in particular , her gender, race, class, age, and sexual preferences (PP. pg. 9 of 15). As Hooks began her book she notes that she was not sure what “class” her and her family fell up under because she never knew what level of money they had. She did know that she lived in a patriarchal family were her father was the breadwinner and because he was the man with the money he dictated where the money went and how it was spent. Still without discussing class her parent’s drilled into her and her siblings that hard work pays off. On the other hand, her mother wanted her to value her education.