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Richard Rodriguezs essay Hunger of Memory narrates the course of his educational career Rodriguez tells of the unenthusiastic and disheartening factors that he had to endure along with his education such as isolation and lack of innovation It becomes apparent that Rodriguez believes that only a select few go through the awful experiences that he underwent But actually the contrary is true The majority of students do go through the long unglamorous and demeaning process of education but for different reasons Rodriguez 68 Instead of pursuing education for the sake of learning they pursue education for the sake of job placementEven from an early age Rodriguez is a successful student Everyone is extremely proud of Rodriguez for earning awards and graduating to each subsequent level of his education But all his success was not necessarily positive In fact we see that his education experience is a fairly negative one One negative that Rodriguez endures is his solitude Education compels him to distance himself from his family and heritage According to Richard Hoggart a British education theorist this is a very natural process for a scholarship boy Hoggart explains that the home and classroom are at cultural extremes 46 There is especially an opposition in Rodriguezs home because his parents are poorly educated Mexicans His home is filled with Spanish vernacular and English filled with many grammatical errors Also the home is filled with emotions and impetuosity whereas the classroom lacks emotion and the teachers accentuate rational thinking and reflectiveness The conflict between the classroom and the home environment starts off weak and gets stronger and stronger until Rodriguez needs to choose one way or the other In the beginning Rodriguez would simply correct his parents grammatical errors He also proudly tells his parents that his teacher said that he is losing any traces of a Spanish accent Soon his parents can no longer help him with his homework His family starts to jokingly make
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