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Superman And Me Essay

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In the essay entitled "Superman and Me", Sherman Alexie describes his difficulty but eventual success in learning to read at a young age with the limited resources in the Indian reservation he grew up on, compared to the privileges white children had in terms of education. Alexie recognized at a young age the stereotype of Indian children expected to fail in a non-Indian world that is both reinforced by society and its educational preference towards non-minority groups, as well as among the Indian community and children. Despite of this stereotype, Alexie was motivated to become a self-taught child and learn how to read and write not only for the love of it, but for the desperation to have ...view middle of the document...

This example when read by an audience of teachers can persuade them to see how valuable literacy is in a child's outlook on life as well as their success, and how they should not give up on students, just like Alexie not giving up on the children in the Indian reservation, because their lack of motivation is just a product of years of stereotyping.While my experiences as a student are contradistinctive compared to the experiences of a minority student, I do agree with his argument and urgency to break the system of education and opportunity bias towards wealthier, non-minority students. The fact that he read not only to improve his situation but also for the hope it gave him strongly resonates with me because I agree that becoming educated, even by the means of self-education, is crucial for the success of every person, and there is hope for every student to break free of the restrictions of their education system by using their talents to their maximum capacity, and refusing to fail and submit to their given stereotype.Alexie's use of personal anecdotes...

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