ERIC Number: ED345903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Alaska Native Education: Issues in the Nineties. Alaska Native Policy Papers.
This booklet identifies several crucial problems in Alaska Native education, for example: (1) Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE) occur in Alaska Native populations at relatively high rates and can produce mental retardation, hyperactivity, attention deficits, and learning disabilities; (2) while many Native rural school districts have exceptionally low achievement test scores, a few do not, the success of these few appears to arise from widespread community support for educational goals, support that is conspicuously absent in many Native communities; (3) efforts to introduce the study of Native languages and cultures into the classroom are frequently unsatisfactory to students and communities due to lack of instructional materials, insufficient attention to staff development, and uncertain funding; (4) in recent decades, educational policy on secondary education has swung from a system of boarding schools to one of small high schools in rural villages, each system has its advantages and disadvantages; (5) Native students in general have a lower college attendance rate than White students, but Native female college graduates greatly outnumber Native male graudates; (6) Native students in urban schools suffer prejudice and academic disadvantages and have high dropout rates; (7) only 5% of Alaska teachers are Natives, and some districts have no Native teachers; (8) the basic issues of Native education have been on the public policy agenda for many years and no longer command attention. Recommendations are made for changes in public policy for alleviating crucial problems. This booklet contains 24 references. (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Anchorage. Inst. of Social and Economic Research.
Identifiers: Alaska; Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Note: Supported by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.