The key and initial forces/factors that help children receive a good education are parents’ support, the child’s confidence, and the drive to learn. In The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me, Sherman Alexie demonstrates each characteristic, strives through obstacles and shines through it all.
According to therapist, Anna Robinson, the first and key factor in children receiving a good education is parents’ support. Anna discovers that when children come into her office, one key initial common thing the children posse is lack of hearing their parents encourage what they are doing and not pushing them enough. For example, in The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me, Alexie’s dad doesn’t say anything but encourages Alexie with by collecting books from everywhere. Alexie taught himself how to read first by “reading” Superman comic books. Now the word reading has parentheses around it because Alexie looks at the pictures and assumes what Superman is doing and saying. “I look at the narrative above the picture. I cannot read the words….. Aloud, I pretend to read the words and say, “Superman is breaking down the door.”….
In this way, I learned to read.”(pg. 74) Alexie’s strength and courage did not only come from his father, but also from himself.
The next important factor in a child’s education is confidence within him/her. Guidance counselor, Beatrice Javian has seen for the past 42 years that confidence can either make or break a child’s education. Javian explains “Students that have confidence and believe in themselves do very well in school. Now I am not saying they get straight A’s, but I can tell you this I do see a great deal improvement in their body language and how they present themselves in a classroom. And that is the greatest reward a student can get.” In the reading, Alexie proves that...