Essay Analysis Of The Poem ' I Can See Where Yeats '

1669 Words Oct 15th, 2015 7 Pages
ALEXIE: I can see where Yeats is coming from when he says, “Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire.” Growing up, I was never given certain educational opportunities that many American students are blessed with. Being a Spokane Indian boy living with his family on the Spokane Indian Reservation in eastern Washington state attending the schools in the reservation school system, a high education wasn’t only uncommon but it was looked down upon. As Indian children, we were expected to fail. We were expected to never reach the level of education that everyone else would reach. We were expected to accept the fact that we weren’t good enough. Because of our race, we were placed into a stereotype that most didn’t fight, but I was the exception. Because I had a father, whom I loved with all of my heart, who read and read and read and read and read and read some more, I decided to follow his example and read for myself. It started off slow and simple because I had to teach myself how to read, but soon my pace and my passion took off and I read everything I could get my hands on. With all my reading I was able to obtain an education far above any education I could’ve received simply attending the schools in my reservation. This education helped me break out of the stereotype I was forced into being an Indian and I was able to find the success that no one believed I could. If I had never been inspired to read by my father’s undying love for books, I would have never been…

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