I am on the fence with his view on assimilation. I feel his case might have been sort of an exception, because although it is easier for children to learn a second language when they are younger, I have to believe that children who speak a different language than the one at school might have less self esteem than a child who fully understands what the teachers and fellow students are saying.
In London’s interview, Rodriguez’s answers seem to come from a disgruntled person. He seems to be acting as if he is fed up with this subject. I might have speculated a tone that is not there and although he sounds firm in his beliefs, he sounds like it might be bothersome to be interviewed about it. Reference:
London, Scott. "A View From the Melting Pot: An Interview with Richard Rodriguez." Scott London. Scott London. Web. 27 Sep 2013. .