Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez

What did his early school experiences teach Rodriguez in Hunger of Memory about the importance of the English language in the United States?

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Before Rodriguez was seven, Spanish was the primary language used in his home. He felt clumsy answering questions in English during class and feared any conversation that went beyond a few basic words. But after a trio of nuns from his school asked his parents to speak only English with their children, his world began to expand. Soon Rodriguez was less shy in school, and he became "increasingly confident" of his public identity.