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ERIC Number: ED001502
Record Type: RIE
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Pages: 9
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INDIANS IN TWO PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS, DEPRIVATION AND DISADVANTAGE.
HAUBRITCH, VERNON F.
THE SOCIAL AND PHYSICAL CONDITIONS ON INDIAN RESERVATIONS WERE REVIEWED. THE AVERAGE LIFE SPAN WAS FOUND TO BE NOT MORE THAN 41 YEARS, AND A CIRCLE OF POVERTY, DISEASE, AND DEPRESSION WAS DISCOVERED. THE SCHOOLING OF INDIAN CHILDREN PLAYED A CRITICAL ROLE IN THEIR EVENTUAL SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DISINTEGRATION. THE LACK OF INITIATIVE ON THE PART OF THE SCHOOL AND OTHER PUBLIC AGENCIES IN BREAKING THE CIRCLE OF POVERTY WAS PARTIALLY TO BLAME FOR THE SITUATION OF THE INDIAN. THE LACK OF POSITIVE RESPONSE BY THE CHILDREN TO EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES WAS JUDGED TO BE DUE TO THEIR ALIEN CULTURE AS REINFORCED BY THEIR HOME ENVIRONMENT. IN THE SCHOOLS INVESTIGATED, 39 PERCENT OF ALL CHILDREN IN THE FIRST GRADE WERE INDIAN, BUT BY THE 9TH GRADE THIS FIGURE HAD DROPPED TO 3 PERCENT AND BY THE 10TH, 11TH, AND 12TH GRADES NO INDIAN CHILDREN WERE ENROLLED. TEACHERS RELATED THEIR LOW ACHIEVEMENT AND FAILURE WITH THEIR HIGH ABSENCE RATES. IT WAS SUGGESTED THAT BECAUSE OF FAILURE, INDIAN CHILDREN REMAINED AWAY FROM SCHOOL. THE INDIANS WERE USUALLY UNACQUAINTED WITH THE OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHOOL. THEY TENDED TO BE UNCOOPERATIVE AND TO LACK COMPETITIVE DRIVES. THE EFFECTS OF A GHETTO LIFE, A CULTURE WHICH WAS DEPRIVED IN MOST RESPECTS, AND THE LACK OF COORDINATED PROGRAMS PRODUCED MUCH OF THE MISFORTUNE OF THESE INDIAN CHILDREN. CONCENTRATED EFFORTS SHOULD BE MADE TO BRING THE 20TH CENTURY TO THE INDIAN RESERVATION. SCHOOLS SHOULD BEGIN EARLY TRAINING OF CHILDREN AND MOTHERS, AND MEASURES SHOULD BE TAKEN TO END THE GHETTO RESERVATION.
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