he Achievement of Desire is a descriptive-narrative essay on how he came to understand the real meaning of success and knowledge, and how he came to appreciate the role of his parents towards the achievement of this success…
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Both parents were unable to assist him in his assignments. They have no knowledge to share with. They cannot relate to his unexplainable desire to learn and succeed. They were even the source of his humiliation in school for not being able to write, much more speak in clear and grammatically-correct English. They did not even have the idea of the nature of his accomplishments, his trophies and awards . . . but they were surely proud of him though Richard was not. Despite this, his parents were truly supportive of him and his endeavors. They never complained of his lack of participation in the household chores, his diminishing respect towards his parents during short conversations, his increasing expenses brought about by his refusal to stop reading even during nighttime that required additional electrical expenses, and so on. Richard on the other hand seemed to grow more impatient about his parents’ situation and their behavior. He felt ashamed upon hearing his parents talk in a way that his teachers in school totally abhor. There were times when he felt compelled to directly teach (or preach) his parents in his frustrating attempt to correct their attitude, more so their grammar. Richard seemed to forget that his parents were not Americans, thus, their mistakes in grammar and diction. He also seemed to forget that his parents did not receive higher education, not because of their own fault, but because their parents failed to give them the opportunity to attend formal school at the proper time. What Richard had in mind during the early part of the essay was that it was shameful to have them as parents and they will never contribute to his dream of success. The Achievement of Desire 2 Contrary thereto, Richard looked up to his teachers as his idols. He appreciated his teachers’ manner of communicating, their seemingly endless flow of ideas, their educated manner of presenting themselves, and almost everything about them. Thus, at an early age, Richard came to a conclusion that the easiest way to succeed is to mimic his teachers. He listened to them carefully, tried to understand and memorize their statements, and used exactly the same sentences in class. He did everything to get his teachers’ appreciation and approval. Every small achievement that he made, whether it was mere reading of a good book, or a citation in a competition, he proudly and timely reported to his teachers, with the expectation that they would complement and appreciate him, to the dismay of his classmates. On the contrary, he never made the same effort toward his parents. Despite his awareness that his parents will surely be proud of any achievement he had, he underestimated their capacity to understand the nature of his accomplishments. He never regarded his parents’ appreciation as something to be proud of. What was more important to him was the appreciation of his learned and educated teachers. Richard took every opportunity to learn. He did not stop learning in school. Even when he was home, he would bring books with him and read them. In the same way that he appreciated his teachers, Richard took note of the ideas he got from his readings. And as expected, he made use of these lines in his recitations and reports. Truly, the lessons he learned from his teachers and books were reflected in his writings. However, it is disheartening to learn that Richard came to realize the true meaning of success and knowledge quite belatedly. He was already in his thirties when he learned to confront himself and accept his negative side. Although quite late, Richard accepted the fact that he was not a good student after all. He had lots of ideas, but none of them were original. They The
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“To the Border,” deals with the theme of the Mexican immigrants’ anxiety when they crossover from their motherland to the land of promises, America. Human beings, right from the early stages of their evolution, have remained concerned about wealth and they equate wellbeing with money.
The lives of Richard Rodriguez and Mike Rose who each wrote “The Achievement of Desire” and “I Just Wanna Be Average”, respectively, reflect the remarkable impact of school teachers and suggest that educators could become a highly essential factor in stirring motivation to students who are initially timid and clueless about the means to approach education with a spark of interest.
Therefore, when families move to new places with new cultures and languages especially English, it is essential to put effective measures of integrating children for achievement. In other words, there should be a little culture shock to enhance the grasp of international issues as noted in the books of Richard Rodriguez and Jade Snow Wong.
However, bilingual instructions and studies might not be an advantage in grade school level especially if parents themselves do not practice it at home efficiently. These are some theses and quotations that I would like to emphasize as follows.
1. The bilingual education may create confusions for the young minds just as like what Richard Rodriguez have experienced in his childhood where the private language use at home with his family is sacrificed just to have Richard gain an identity in public, specifically in his school and his community, by letting him speak the English language as the primary and the only language to practice whether at home or in school because his family is no
He has discovered early on that his schooling has triggered a disjointing between him along with his parents. He has been writing the narration of his schooling with the intention of honoring his subordinate-class setting and gave value on how he turned out to be the man he has become today.
The uniqueness and value of this essay is that it describes real life experience of the writer and his personal problems and vision of cultural diversity in America. Thesis Diversity and gap in ethnic relations between his parents and Rodriguez, becomes a driven force for educational achievements and desire to develop his own identity and personality.
He silently desires and envies these people’s work. Typically, Rodriguez is physically different from them, but he believes that he does not live a similar physical, active life as they do, though he is an intellectual. He feels more importantly as a man who can feel and