ERIC Number: ED188833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-2
Reference Count: 0
The Home of Whose Brave?: Problems Confronting Native Americans in Education.
Beuf, Ann H.
At all levels of education the Native American faces problems arising from cultural bias, poverty, and racial prejudice in white society. At the preschool level Native American children perform as well on measures of intelligence and ability as their white counterparts; but even then absenteeism, language and cultural differences, lack of relevant instructional materials, and problems of racial self-esteem begin to interfere with learning. For Native American children from reservation and urban settings alike, problems accumulate throughout their schooling; dropout rates soar during the high school years; few Native Americans attend college, and high dropout rates continue. Native American "failures" in the schools are not the fault of Native American students or their culture, but of the schools and the larger society. Needed changes in the schools include ridding the curriculum of racial stereotypes, discontinuing the use of culturally biased texts, training teachers of Native Americans in the culture of their students, employing more Native Americans at all levels in the schools, and encouraging the cooperative ethos of Native American culture. Needed changes in the society include economic assistance to insure Native Americans a decent standard of living, community control of education, and construction of local day schools to replace the boarding schools that separate young children from their families. (JH)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indians, Boarding Schools, Culture Conflict, Educational Change, Educational Discrimination, Educational Needs, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Stereotypes, Higher Education, Poverty, Preschool Education, Reservation American Indians, Social Discrimination, Teacher Attitudes, Urban American Indians
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Native Americans
Note: Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Association for Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors (Philadelphia, PA, April 2-5, 1975).