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Spheres of Influence Kingston vs Rodriguez In the articles Public and Private Life by Richard Rodriguez LS pg282 and The Misery of Silence by Maxine Hong Kingston LS pg 269 I see two basic spheres of Influence that affected these childrens advancement in their struggle to understand English The schooling influence is enormous and for both of these children the majority of their schooling was unsatisfactory The family influence is also a big part of these childrens development and the strategies and effects of the two different families vary a great deal With these influences introduced I shall discuss the similarities and differences of these spheres and how they affected the childrens development in the two different stories The effects of poor schooling are very apparent in these two childrens lives Rodriguez attended a school of religious sorts that was taught by nuns without the least bit of knowledge on how to teach English as a second language What they understood was that I needed to speak a public language So their voices would search me out asking me questions Each time Id hear them Id look up to see a nuns face frowning at me Id mumble not really meaning to answer The nun would persist Richard stand up Dont look at the floor Speak up Speak to the entire class not just me Rodriguez LS pg282-83 The nuns badgered Rodriguez with questions in English that he felt were too difficult for him to decipher think about and come to a decisive conclusion These teachers did not understand that his apprehensiveness towards the questions was a result of failure to connect with Rodriguez If there was a level of comfortability between the nuns and Rodriguez he may have felt comfortable with attempting to make complete answers therefore progressing his English skills greatly Rodriguez explains this situation Without question it would have pleased me to hear my teachers
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