In the book, The Conscious Reader, there are many stories by many different authors. All these stories are different but at the same time they are alike. They all in some way deal with education. Whether it is using education, gaining education, or giving education, they all have their way to show that education is important.
Education as a Weapon in the Hands of the Restless Poor, relates to Plato’s, Allegory of the Cave by that they both deal with changing. In Plato’s cave, a young man is forced from the dark and into the light, therefore making him change his life. Education as a Weapon in the Hands of the Restless Poor, has a young man who is teaching teens that grew up poor on how to become rich. The teens are having to change their lives completely through education. When the teens joined class they were told, “You’ve been cheated. Rich people learn the humanities; you didn’t (Shrodes 295).” What he meant by humanities was, that they had not ...view middle of the document...
Plato’s, Allegory of the Cave, also had a teacher. The man who pulled the young man out of the dark and into the light taught him all he needed to know. In both stories they were teachers. The man in Plato’s cave, became a teacher and freed many more people from the darkness. After the man from, Education as a Weapon in the Hands of the Restless Poor, had finished with that years group of students, he went to teach more students, bringing education into their lives.
Just as, Education as a Weapon in the Hands of the Restless Poor, related to, Allegory of the Cave; so did, Homemade Education. Homemade Education, is a story about how Malcolm X got his education. While in jail Malcolm X taught himself how to read and write. He faced many tough changes as he grew into a different person while becoming educated. Plato’s, Allegory of the Cave, had the same struggles of leaving a prison as a different person. Malcolm X states, “Many who today hear me somewhere in person, or on television, or those who read something I’ve said, will think I went to school far beyond the eighth grade (Shrodes 93).” Malcolm X left that jail being a different person just as the man in Plato’s cave left being a politician.
All of these writings though link with one main writing, Stephen King’s, On Writing. Stephen King writes about how important it is to read a lot and write a lot. Stephen himself says, “One learns most clearly what not to do by reading bad prose (Shrodes 89).” This links with all the stories by how the read and were taught wrong and right before they could even begin to start their new lives. The more the people in the stories read and wrote, the more educated they became, and that is why Stephen King wrote, “The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself (Shrodes 92).”
Concluding, The Conscious Reader, really taught me how important it is to look deeper into stories. What you see isn’t always the big picture. If you look deeper, then you just might find that many of the stories you have read can link together and teach you a very good life lesson. Today I learned while reading; Allegory of the Cave, On Writing, Education as a Weapon for the Restless Poor, and Homemade Education, that education is the key to having a fulfilled life.