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Language and education are key factors in determining how hard it will be for a person to become successful in this country Barlow explains this better because he isnt as focused on telling his own story Barlow definitely explains his point better than Douglas Douglas tells more of a short story concerning a personal experience while Barlow discusses the topic and several options Barlow starts his column off by illustrating a book he read his first year of teaching The story is about Hyman Kaplan a German Jewish immigrant in his forties who is enrolled in a class titled American Night Preparatory School for Adults The story illustrates how he is learning the English language He is reminded of this story by a story on television about two non-English speakers who were refused service at a bar somewhere in the state of Washington He compares these two stories he brings up the controversial subject of the problems with educating non-English speaking students He brings up different points concerning this subject although every solution has its pros and cons Douglas talks about his struggle in the early part of his life learning to read and write was a great challenge in his environment He talks about his personal experiences This column is mainly a short story of his life as a slave How he had to sneak around to read or to teach himself how to write Another key part of his column is where he talks about the emotionally crippling experience he went through learning how to further his thinking process When he learned to read he discovered a part of him that he couldnt deny or ignore He learned about freedom and conceived the opinion that every human deserved freedom no matter what race or colorThese two authors are both illustrating problems that we have delt with or are currently dealing with in our society Both concern rights of different ethnic groups Both authors
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