ERIC Number: ED121534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Oct-17
Reference Count: N/A
The Indian and Education. Monograph No. 2.
I am an American Indian, and I believe education to be something totally different from what the white man believes it to be, for he sees education as factories, roads, space travel, degrees, high salaries, and a means to be a good life. I cannot separate the white man's education from the political/military strategies practiced against my race (the treaties exemplify this). I hear that the most respected educational activity is research, but research has reduced Indian cultures to the level of quaint anthropological artifacts. Like Christianity, education has been used to convert Indians into white men. Our children have been taken out of their own cultural environment and made dependent upon a white culture which only gave them education of an elementary vocational type and promoted the welfare syndrome. The miracle is that Indians have withstood the invasion of such an alien and hostile force, but Indians are now developing their own school systems in Canada (six bands are going to have their own K-12 schools this year). As an Indian, I believe education is not to be confined to the activities of a formal institution but should be a unified, integrated set of processes coming out of an individual's experience with the total environment, emphasizing character development, spiritual sensitivity, and contemporary knowledge for all who have the capacity/desire to understand. (Author/JC)
Descriptors: American Indians, Anthropology, Boarding Schools, Culture Conflict, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Essays, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Nontraditional Education, Racial Discrimination, Self Actualization, Speeches, Treaties, Welfare Services
Indian and Northern Education Program, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada' S7N OWO ($1.00)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan Univ., Saskatoon. Indian and Northern Curriculum Resources Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Canada