Mike Rose's Underprepared In 'Prison Studies'

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What if trying for a great education or even just a decent education didn’t seem possible? What if the struggle was so difficult that you gave up in the midst of it all? This is something that I have never considered in my fortunate life that I am raised in. The four stories we read in class all related to education and are very inspirational. People struggle to get an education far beyond what I have encountered, but when someone has 100% dedication and motivation, I believe they can do anything they want. I will support this idea by discussing two of our short readings from class. The first reading is “Prison Studies,” by Malcolm X. In his autobiography X talks about how he educated himself while in prison with what he called “homemade…show more content…
Through self-determination and strong will, he was able to take his weak 8th grade level education and transform himself into a well respected highly and educated man. The second reading, Lives on the Boundary: The Struggles and Achievements of America’s Underprepared, by Mike Rose goes into the life of an emigrant named Lilia that failed the first grade because she couldn’t read English. She was placed in classes for slow learners and, “everyone called her dumb” (Rose 20). Through self-determination, Lilia was able to lose the labels, and follow her dream to attend UCLA. Dedication, self-motivation, and strong will can lead everyone to anything they want to work hard for. People think of Malcolm X as a highly educated man that must have attended higher education. “Many who today hear me somewhere in person, or on television, or those who read something I’ve said, will think I went to school far beyond the eighth grade. This impression is due entirely to my prison studies” (X 16). Even though Malcolm went to school up to the eighth grade, his knowledge was that of someone much younger, “I

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