Summary Of The Achievement Of Desire By Richard Rodriguez

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“The achievement of desire” is Richard Rodriguez’s autobiography that is a typical paradigm of “Banking concept of education” and it clearly illustrates the oppression in teaching and learning. Richard grows up in a working-class family where he does not receive any basic education until going to school. It is like a totally new world for him as he gets to learn academically and to have a base step of knowledgeable pursuit. For his whole life, he is eager to learn. But as going deeper into education system, he becomes far and far away from his family and his Mexican heritage. For a period of time, he has abandoned his own culture and pursued the banking education blindly. He follows instruction from teacher and learns mechanically without thinking and having point of view because with banking education, he does not get to raise his own voice, to have his own opinion, and to be original. He believes that only school and teachers can help him with his knowledge achievement. Eventually, Richard realizes his lack of care for his family and his miserable way of getting education. In the beginning,…show more content…
“For although I was a very good student, I was also a very bad student. I was a ‘scholarship boy’, a certain kind of scholarship boy. Always successful, I was always unconfident. Exhilarated by my progress. Sad. I became the prized student – anxious and eager to learn. Too eager, too anxious – an imitative and unoriginal pupil.” Richard has been always a paradigm in the class because of his academic achievement. He is considered a “scholarship boy” who is smart and good studying but only listens obediently. Although he is eager to learn, he never questions because of his lack of confidence. He is afraid of giving opinion; for him, raising his voice is equivalent of taking a risk; he cannot say something that is against the teacher’s thought. He is unoriginal and he never tries to think

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