Summary Of The Achievement Of Desire By Richard Rodriguez

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How many times have you finished an exam only to forget the answers a couple of hours later? Did you have that knowledge in your mind? How many equations, dates or vocabulary have you memorized just before an exam and never use again?
Education plays a vital role in shaping the future. Creating workers, entrepreneur, and leaders, school is what gives you the skill necessary to strive for success. We are made to believe that the education system is to prepare us for the challenges of the adult life. However, the truth is that public school is an outdated system that is still clinging on to the ideas of if you do well in school, you will be successful. It's a system that choked out creativity and valued efficiency over mastery, pushing an incomplete
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In his writing, Rodriguez shows how education can be harmful to one’s culture by describing his experience with the system. In his school year, Rodriguez always seeks a higher education. To advance in school, Rodriguez separated himself from his home environment and lost connection with his root. He needed more time to study, so he isolated himself from his family to do well in school. As a result, he felt that home life is becoming less critical, taking him further away from his loved ones. “At home, life was less noisy than it had been. (I spoke to classmates and teachers more often each day than to family members.) Quiet at home, I sat with my papers for hours each night. I never forgot that schooling had irretrievably changed my family’s life”(Rodriguez 537) Culture plays an important role in education and must be incorporated in the school system. To ignore a person culture is to reject a big part of their growth. The Prussian model is to blame for the loss of culture in the school system. The model was created as a way to implant absolute obedience in the students. It takes students who wanted to “succeed” in school from their culture and indoctrinate them. As a result, students are becoming “the great mimic; a collector of thoughts, not a thinker; the very last person in class to have an opinion of his own” (Rodriguez
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