Essay about Education: A Blessing in Disguise

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Education: A Blessing in Disguise Learning to read and write, or getting an education in general, is something that is easily handed to us in the world today. Imagine living in a world where you were expected to be uneducated, illiterate, and stupid. In the texts “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie and “Learning to Read and Write” by Frederick Douglass, these young boys grew up in different worlds where they were looked down upon and were expected to fail due to the standards they grew accustomed to. Although Douglass and Alexie underwent contrasting hardships on their educational journey, they both shared the realization that learning to read and write was both a curse and a blessing. With those shared …show more content…
Education: A Blessing in Disguise Learning to read and write, or getting an education in general, is something that is easily handed to us in the world today. Imagine living in a world where you were expected to be uneducated, illiterate, and stupid. In the texts “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie and “Learning to Read and Write” by Frederick Douglass, these young boys grew up in different worlds where they were looked down upon and were expected to fail due to the standards they grew accustomed to. Although Douglass and Alexie underwent contrasting hardships on their educational journey, they both shared the realization that learning to read and write was both a curse and a blessing. With those shared realizations, both Alexie and Douglass used their hardships to influence them to fight for their education and make something of themselves. Sherman Alexie, an Indian boy who was born and raised on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington, grew up in a world where he was expected to be stupid due to his ethnic background. Alexie was different than all of the other Indian kids in his class at school; he had a willingness to learn and he didn’t want to be like the other kids who sat back, quiet as could be, with the thought that putting in any effort was pointless. Making something of yourself during that time and with that background was unheard of; instead, ‘those who failed were ceremonially accepted by other Indians and appropriately

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