Sunday, September 28, 2014

Rodriguez "Aria"

(Argument) At the start of "Aria" I thought Rodriguez was going to push the argument that children need to have a positive bilingual education. Rodriguez is the son of immigrant parents from Mexico. Spanish was the only language that he knew and spoke before he entered public school in the United States. This is where Rodriguez's argument comes into play with his story. In my opinion I felt that Rodriguez was trying to argue the fact that, yes he is in the United States and needs to become accustom to the American way but needs to not lose sight of who he is. He did understand "There are codes or rules for participating in power" (Delpit) and needed to develop some sort of identity among his peers. 
One line that stuck out to me was "Without question, it would have pleased me to hear my teachers address me in Spanish when I entered the classroom. I would have felt much less afraid. I would have trusted them and responded with ease."(34) This makes me think about the card game we played in class. Sometimes children or even ourselves as adults can be put into uncomfortable situations where we do not understand what is happening. It can be tough and almost even embarrassing to not understand something in the class room. Whether it be a language barrier or the material itself. 
In conclusion I feel that Rodriguez did the right thing. He was able to develop his English skills by practicing with his family even though at times it made things uncomfortable. Rodriguez was able to understand that it is okay to have two different identity's as long as they are for something good.  


  1. I really like how you made the connection to Delpit through her second statement. i really liked the quote you used too! To think that he was more frightened about the language barrier in the classroom then making friends is baffling!

  2. I agree with Lindsey I liked the quote too .

  3. I really liked how you compared the activity we did in class with the quote. That was a great way to make a connection and helped me to understand that point even more!

  4. I really think you got the main point of the reading. I really like the quote that stuck out to you because it stuck out to me as well. Great job!