Rodriguez many friends because they cannot relate the goals

            Rodriguez experience illustrates the
affect his teachers had on his success in his beginning years of grammar
school. He was struggling in school, so he asked his teachers for assistance
and they were eager to help. As Richard Rodriguez mentioned his teachers made
his success their ambition. We do not have enough educators that make their students success their ambition. If
there was we would not be as many students struggling in our school system. It
is important for teachers to develop a mutual student-teacher
relationship so that the student is comfortable with them to ask for help when
needed. Teachers and the environment in classrooms can contribute to a
student’s educational success, which is why it is important for teachers and
student to develop a mutual relationship, and for the teacher to provide an effective learning environment for the student.

            In Richard Rodriguez essay The
Achievement of Desire he discusses how his schooling was slowly changing him.
He mentions how his English improved thanks to his teachers. They were
determined to help him succeed and speak fluent English without his Spanish
accent. Many individuals go through a stage where a life-changing experience can change their way of thinking and
outlook on life. A person going to college can be life-changing for many reasons; you meet new people, are introduced
to new things, and can find yourself. Schooling does have a way of changing
people for the better, and for the worst. In my experience thus far, when I enrolled
in college, my lifestyle changed
drastically. I did not go out much, socialize, or participate in the activities
I did when in high school. I had to begin thinking and behaving as an adult
college student. I have lost many friends because they cannot relate the goals
I have set for myself as far as my schooling and career, or understand why I am
so strict on the way I spend my time. Schooling can teach us many life lessons
we did not expect to learn however, we must be willing and open to learning them.

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            “I’d admit, for one thing that I went to an excellent grammar
school (My earliest teachers, the nuns made my success their ambition.)” (Rodriguez, 1978) This quote comes
from Richard Rodriguez’s essay “The Achievement of Desire”. He discusses how
the nuns had a huge effect on his success in grammar school. They made his
success their ambition and main priority. We do not have enough educators in
our school system that makes students’ success their focus. In the beginning, Rodriguez was struggling to try to understand some of his work, so he
reached out to his family, but it wasn’t much they could do because of the
language barrier. So, he asked for assistance from his teachers, and they were
delighted to help him with his English, in addition to recommending some books
for him to read. Teachers have a huge effect on their students as we can see
from Rodriguez’s experience.

            As we sit in class we are called
upon to answer a question. We did not raise our hand nor blurt out. The teacher
just decided to call upon us to answer the question. We sit, and we wonder why
the teacher decided to call on us. There may be many reasons why the teacher
decided called on certain students, such as they feel you are not paying
attention, you’re not participating, or to see if you are aware of what the
topic of discussion is. In Paulo Freire Essay he mentions “The students are not
called upon to know, but to memorize the contents narrated by the teacher.” (Freire, 1970) I can agree with
Freire, the teachers I had in high school would call on students and ask them a
question on what they covered in class, just to see if the students remembered
what she/he discussed in class. If the student does not exactly remember then we are incorrect, if so we are correct.
This is a practice of what Freire calls the “Banking” concept of education.

            Something that many of us as
students may have seen in the classroom is a teacher abuse their authority as a
teacher to their students. Some but not all teachers partake in this action,
but few do, which is putting their
authority over the students’ knowledge. Freire mentions in his essay “The
teacher confuses the authority of knowledge with his or her own professional
authority, which she and he set in
opposition to the freedom of the students.” (Freire, 1970)  I have had one teacher who confused his
authority with knowledge. It was 2016 fall semester my pre-calculus teacher
would select what chapters he wanted to cover despite if some students were
familiar with the work, and if others were not. He also would force us to use
certain problem-solving methods, because he believed his knowledge was better
than what was in the book. He would tell us “the book has many mistakes, follow
me and use my method”.  This resulted in
terrible grades and confusion, which shows that authority does not rule over
students’ knowledge.

            As we sit in class we are called
upon to answer a question. We did not raise our hand nor blurt out, the teacher
just decided to call us to answer the question. We sit and wonder why the
teacher decided to call on us. They may have many reasons to call on you such
as they feel you are not paying attention, you’re not participating, or to see
if you are aware of what the topic of discussion is. In Paulo Freire Essay he
mentions “The students are not called upon to know, but to memorize the contents
narrated by the teacher.” (Freire, 1970) I can agree with Freire, some of the
teachers I had in high school would call on students and ask them a question on
what they covered in class, just to see if the student remembers what he/she
discussed in class. If the student does not exactly remember then we are incorrect, if so we are correct.
This is a practice of what Freire calls the “Banking” concept of education.

            Richard Rodriguez mentioned in his
essay The Achievement of Desire, how his parents were not able to assist him
with his school work because of the language barrier, or because they just did
not understand or could relate to what he was discussing. Since he wasn’t
receiving the help or support he needed at home, he went looking for it in school where his teachers the nuns, provided
him with all the tools and help he needed to be successful. Along with his own
determination, he became successful in grammar school. As Richard Rodriguez
stated, “Without extraordinary determination and the great assistance of others
– at home and school – there is little chance for success.” (Rodriguez, 1978) Which is why I have numerous teachers
and family members I am thankful for because they made my educational success a
priority to them.

            During my early years of schooling,
my family played a major role in my successful education. I can remember when I
was in 1st grade; learning how to count money. After school, my grandfather would tell me to go get the change jar out
of the living room, and we would practice counting money for the rest of the
evening. Or the time when my grandmother taught me how to tell time, she used
to let me climb on top of the sofa to grab the clock off the white painted
brick wall. Once I reached middle school and high school, my mom would help me
with my algebra and English homework. A student having a great support system
and self-determination is the key to success in school, whether it is their
family or teachers. When a student displays determination or shows some type of
effort, it makes it easier for the teacher to assist the student.

            A student having self-motivation,
along with the support and assistance from their family, they also need the
support and help from their teachers, as they are more bound to being
successful in their schooling. I have encountered many educators throughout my
schooling, and I can say many of them have left a huge impact on me as a
student. We all have those teachers or professors we will never forget because
they were amazing at their job, they wanted all their students to be
successful. As Richard Rodriguez mentioned how he would never forget his
earliest teachers because they contributed to his success in grammar school.
Although his parents were not able to assist
him in school, they did support his decision in receiving and education. Which
leads to Rodriguez statement, “without extraordinary determination and the
great assistance of others — at home and school there is little chance for
success.” (Rodriguez, 1978)

            In the classroom, the teacher should lead by example, not be the example
of how students should not behave. Gregory’s teacher despised him because of
his race, behavior, and economic class. She would constantly seat Gregory in
the back, where the misbehaved children would be seated. She ignored his call
out for help, singled him out, and mistreated him, all while he was just
wanting to be accepted like the other children. Throughout my schooling, I have witnessed students being
teased and talked about in class because of the way they looked, the type of
clothes they wore, and the teacher would do nothing about the teasing. It is important
for educators to provide a learning environment where students can learn
without having to worry about being judged or mistreated.

            Upon entering the classroom, a
person should feel the great positive energy,
observer student and teacher dialogue, and student engagement. However, now in
our education system, we are witnessing
what Paulo Freire described as the banking concept of education. Which is when
the students are not engaged in the lesson, but more so memorizing it. It is also very little to none dialogue between
the teacher and the students. The students are expected to sit in their seat
quietly and listen to the teacher narrate.

            Teachers improving their
relationships with their students will not only result in academic achievement
but also improve communication between the two. Students feeling comfortable in
class, will also feel comfortable with their teachers. A student is comfortable with their teacher allows them to
build trust and be able to communicate with their teacher about any situation
or ask any questions. For instance, during my 11th-grade
year, my friend Dayana was had family troubles in her household. She
would talk to me about her situation, but I could not help her as much as I
wanted to. Therefore, I convinced her to talk to our math teacher Ms.
Washington, because I noticed how close and comfortable she felt talking to
her. Ms. Washington received Dayana with open arms and comfort as she was able
to help. The relationship and bond my friend Dayana and Ms. Washington
developed in 11th grade continues to this day. As this is proof of
the bond and relationship teachers develop with their students can be
long-term, and not just temporary.

            As students,
we encounter many different types of teachers. We have those who may not care
about their students’ success, those who do, and those who are only in it for
the money. In Dick Gregory’s essay “Shame”, he describes how he was not
introduced to hate, less knew what it was until he went to school. Dick Gregory
being exposed to hate in the classroom not only displays the environment and
example his teacher set but also how it affected him mentally. He wanted to be
accepted by his peers, his teacher, and his crush.  He mentions how his teacher would ignore him
when he would raise his hand, and when he wanted to donate money to the Community
Chest. However, his teacher ignored his hand and decided to embarrass him by
yelling “We are collecting this money for you and your kind, Richard Gregory.
If your daddy can give fifteen dollars you have no business being in relief.” (Gregory, para.8)

            One thing many students have witnessed
in the classroom is a teacher abuse their authority to their students. Some but
not all teachers partake in this action, but few do, which is putting their authority over the students’ knowledge.
Freire mentions in his essay “The teacher confuses the authority of knowledge
with his or her own professional authority, which she and he set in opposition to the freedom of the
students.” (Freire, 1970) I have experienced a
teacher who confused his authority with knowledge during my 2016 fall semester.
My pre-calculus teacher would select the chapters he would like to cover, despite
if some students were familiar with the work, and if others were not. He would also
force us to use certain problem-solving methods, due to the fact of him
believing his knowledge was better than what was in the book. He would tell us
“the book has many mistakes, follow me and use my method”.  This resulted in terrible grades and
confusion, which shows that authority does not rule over students’ knowledge.

I
will always remember my third-grade teacher Ms. Felix, she was small, short,
and sometimes blended in with her students. What I will always remember Ms. Felix
for is the passion she showed towards her students and their success. In the
process of a student receiving an education, the student’s mind should be allowed to roam freely and think outside
of the box without any barriers in place. Many educators do not realize the
type of relationship they have with their students, and the environment they
provide in their classroom can contribute to the students’ success in their
class drastically. Students now are suffering in our education system today due
to the scare number of teachers who are passionate about their students and
their education. As James Baldwin wrote in his essay, If Black English Isn’t a
Language, Then Tell Me What Is? “A child cannot be taught by anyone who
despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.” (Baldwin, 1979)