From Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Readers:
Write an essay in which you discuss Rodriguez's use of Richard Hoggart's The Uses of Literacy. How, for example, would you compare Rodriguez's version of the "scholarship boy" with Hoggart's?
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Write an essay in which you discuss how Rodriguez reads (reviews, summarizes, interprets) his family, his teachers, his schooling, himself and his books. What differences can you say such reading makes to those ways of speaking and caring that you locate in the text?
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Learn more about the concepts of reading, education, language, family and culture. Get information on bilingual education.
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Richard Rodriguez is opposed to bilingual education. Read an interview with journalist Scott London in which he explains his views.
For another point of view on the subject, read an address to the National Bilingual Education Association by Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Dr. Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana.