Summary of Aria A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood Final Draft -A

Summary of Aria A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood Final Draft -A

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76100 Dr. Di Prete CMU October 31, 2007 Final Draft Summary of Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood Richard Rodriguez reflects his childhood memory and raises his opinion on bilingual education in his essay, Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood . As raised in a Spanish- speaking Mexican immigrant family having moved into the U.S. during his childhood, Rodriguez earned deep insights on the educational benefit of using one language, English. Rodriguez received the immersion education where he has to speak English for entire time. This education is largely different from the bilingual education that many supporters in the era had proposed as a national policy for general education of American immigrant children. As the supporters argue, bilingual education is supposed to raise a healthy private identity and cultural heritage that are undoubtedly lost in the process of immersion. Rodriguez, however, disagrees with argument that such losses would accompany without bilingual education; against those proponents, while disputing the errors of bilingual education program, he claims that immigrant children can still maintain their intimacy and cultural heritage. Rodriguez proposes his perceptions that bilingual education restrains children from achieving linguistic proficiency (English) and concrete public identity. He also believes that they necessarily have to sacrifice a private life to gain a complete public identity. Furthermore, Rodriguez argues that this adjustment to the society—learning to speak English as a primary language—is the only way to displace the “socially disadvantaged” circumstances. Nevertheless, Rodriguez rebuts the supporters of bilingual education who claim
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