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Kyle Garrity Professor Sharyn Nelson EN-101I Revision Paper Due 12/3/07 “Raised Educationally” After another reading of Richard Rodriguez’s “The Achievement of Desire”, I began to realize that although many of the details may be different, Rodriguez, myself, and many others, all share the same general experiences of growing up, leaving home, being educated and entering the world. The phrases general experiences of growing up, leaving home, being educated and entering the world all have different meanings to different people. I see growing up as an act of becoming more independent and mature, and being able to make smarter decisions. I believe that leaving home is a part of growing up, and is definitely a major step in becoming independent. I personally don’t see college as a way of leaving home, because one is still very much dependent on their parents. My view on becoming educated does not entirely consist of the traditional schooling education. Graduating from a university is a big part of becoming educated, but unless you have the right mind in your studies, it is all meaningless. Learning facts from teachers and books is only a fraction of what it takes to become truly educated. One has to understand the purpose of learning, and has to want to learn for themselves. One also must be able to think for themselves and develop their own knowledge. We all become educated in one way or another as we grow up. My mother was and still is a twelfth grade English teacher in my school district. She was extremely hard on me, raised to be a firm believer in a strong schooling education, which consists of
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keeping grades up, doing well in school, and graduating from college. My mother
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