Richard Rodriguez's essay "Aria" accounts a time when he was a child going to school in America. Rodriguez and his family were immigrants from Mexico and their primary language was in fact, Spanish when they arrived.
The main point that Rodriguez is addressing is the issue of bilingual education and how it is impossible for a foreign student to use their native language in which he describes as a "private language, with English in the school setting and public life. Rodriguez argues that language barriers existed when he was in school as a child and did not feel part of public society or as an American citizen until he learned the English language. Rodriguez compared the language of home versus the language of society as private and public languages. He made this comparison to show that using ones foreign language in a society where English dominates, one would not be successful which was depicted in his struggles in school before learning English. Rodriguez as a child in his early years could only speak Spanish felt alienated by society and felt that he had the right and was obligated to learn English. Rodriguez's desire and satisfaction of learning the English language was not more evident than when he stated "at last, seven years old, I came to believe what had been technically true since my birth: I was an American citizen." After learning the English language Rodriguez had the belief of calming assurance that he belonged in society. Rodriguez supported his own idea that becoming assimilated into public society doesn't not contribute to ones loss of individuality, but is in fact a step or gain towards the achievement of "public individuality." Rodriguez argues the fact that English was needed "to seek the rights and opportunities necessary for full public individuality."
Connection: This essay written by Richard Rodriguez clearly connects to Delpit and the culture of power because of how being told explicitly "the rules and codes of power" one is able to be assimilated into society. A similar interpretation is of how the Delpit piece direct speaks about educating other peoples children and teaching them the "American way of society" which is present in this piece where the teachers of Richard Rodriguez enforce the parents of him to start speaking English and becoming accustomed to how and when something should be said.
Point to Discuss/ Share: The views on bilingual Education and the creation of new Schools for foreign students. Should foreign students learn English when coming to America? I believe so, just as we would have to learn a "foreign" language going to another country.