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ERIC Number: ED165954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Recent Educational Progress Among the Eastern Cherokees.
French, Laurence
"No part of Cherokee life has been more important to the Tribe, past or present, than that of a good education." Despite this attitude, it has not been easy for the Cherokee to bridge the gap between their subculture and that of the larger dominant U.S. society. Discipline and white enculturation were zealously pursued in early boarding schools and the bitterness created is still felt by many older Cherokee. Even today educational programs attempt to destroy the remnants of the unique folk culture and replace it with the Protestant ethic. Often the responses expected of children are in complete opposition to the values held by the Cherokee culture. Educational programs must be developed that will preserve the positive attributes of the marginal subcultures and yet at the same time prepare the student to meet the challenges of the dominant culture. Such a program is underway by a Cherokee group at Qualla Boundary. It seeks to promote the Cherokee culture, provide tutorial and counseling programs to help students stay in school and prepare them for college, encourage students to go on to college, and assist them in various ways to remain there. An adult education program is in operation at the new 7.5 million dollar high school, and college level courses offered on the reservation make it possible for adults to complete up to two years of college. This paper describes the history and culture of the Cherokee, presents the inadequacies of past and present educational programs, and sets forth specific programs of the Qualla Boundary group. (DS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina