The Relationship Between Education and One's Identity

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Education ID There is a definite relationship between one's education and one's self-conception, or identification. Identification is important because it allows a person to have a stance or a starting place with which to view the world and with which to be viewed; it allows such a person a degree of completion and a self-regard with which to base all of his or her impressions upon. Education, of course, plays a highly integral role in the ultimate forming of someone's identity, which a casual examination of Malcolm X's "Learning to Read" which is excerpted from the author's autobiography, Sherman Alexie's "Superman and Me", Maya Angelou's "Graduation" and Mike Rose's "I Just Wanna Be Average" certainly proves. Just how one's education influences one's identity, however, is intrinsically related to the importance of an identity. An analysis of each of these texts demonstrates a synthesis of reasons for why identification is so important. For Malcolm X, his identity as a champion of rights for African Americans and later on as a proponent for the virtues of true Islam is firmly rooted in a degree of articulation, and intelligence, that was largely afforded to him via the means of his education. The author states as much in "Learning to Read", which the following quotation sufficiently proves. "I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me. I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the
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