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Unformatted text preview: he was right about saving his life because the reservation just accepted illiteracy. I believe that Alexie is extremely correct in stating that expectations can impact a children’s literacy learning. In psychology classical conditioning is a great example to represent this phenomena. When a child is expected to be “stupid” the have nothing to strive for, no one to make proud. In classical condition, when the kid does well and gets no praise they realize its not worth the trouble and therefore give up all ambitions and the expectations of the child become Graves 1 the truths. On the other hand, if a child is given praise and acknowledgement upon an achievement that child will continue to work to recreate the positive attention towards him or herself. As a child myself, I would always work hard in school because my daddy would always show me that he was so proud of me and nothing in the world would make me happier....
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- Spring '08
- Sherman Alexie, Smoke Signals, Alexa Graves Alexie