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ERIC Number: ED016558
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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THE INDIAN CHILD IN THE CLASSROOM.
STONE, VEDA
IN EDUCATING ANY GROUP OF CHILDREN, THE SCHOOL'S FIRST RESPONSIBILITY IS TO EACH STUDENT AS AN INDIVIDUAL, HELPING HIM TO DEVELOP HIMSELF AS FREELY AND CREATIVELY AS POSSIBLE. TO MEET THE EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OF CHILDREN, EACH TEACHER MUST UNDERSTAND THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT OF EACH CHILD, ACCEPT THE CHILD AS HE IS, AND LOVE AND RESPECT EACH CHILD FOR HIS INDIVIDUAL WORTH. THE NEEDS OF INDIAN CHILDREN ALSO REQUIRE THE UNDERSTANDING, LOVE, AND RESPECT NECESSARY FOR ALL CHILDREN, BUT THERE ARE BASIC DIFFERENCES BETWEEN INDIAN AND NON-INDIAN CHILDREN WHICH TEACHERS MUST UNDERSTAND. ONE OF THE MAIN DIFFERENCES IS THE WAY IN WHICH THE WORLD IS PRECEIVED, THE NON-INDIAN REACTS TO A MADE WORLD, WHILE THE INDIAN REACTS TO THE WORLD AS IT IS. INDIANS ARE A DISADVANTAGED MINORITY GROUP WHO HAVE 2/3 THE LIFE EXPECTANCY, 1/2 TO 1/3 THE LEVEL OF EDUCATION, LESS THAN 1/3 THE INCOME, AND 7 TO 8 TIMES AS MUCH UNEMPLOYMENT AS THE NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR ALL AMERICANS. THEY ALSO EXPERIENCE POORER HEALTH, A HIGHER INFANT MORTALITY RATE, AND MORE FREQUENT ILLNESSES. MANY INDIANS HAVE NO DESIRE TO INTEGRATE INTO THE MAIN STREAM OF AMERICAN LIFE, BUT PREFER TO RETAIN THEIR OWN IDENTITY. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE "JOURNAL OF AMERICAN INDIAN EDUCATION," VOL. 3, NO. 3, MAY, 1964, PP. 13-19. (ES)
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Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: WISCONSIN