ERIC Number: ED184765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Navajo Education, 1948-1978: Its Progress and Its Problems. Volume III, Part A, Navajo History.
Roessel, Robert A., Jr.
One in a continuing series on Navajo history and culture, this volume presents extensive information about Navajo education from 1948 through 1978 and analyzes that information from a Navajo viewpoint with the purpose of promoting quality education directed and controlled by Navajo people. Following a brief introduction to the series and to Navajo culture, Part II covers the period from 1948-1962. BIA-operated off-reservation boarding schools are discussed in the context of educational policies designed to assimilate Navajo children into the dominant culture. Part III, 1963-1978, comprises the bulk of the material presented and details growth of Navajo control of Navajo education. The section begins with a description of the impact of the Office of Economic Opportunity, which encouraged and supported Indians in developing their own educational programs and broke the BIA's domination of Indian affairs. BIA schools, public schools serving the reservation, and contract schools are characterized and the quality of education in the three settings is analyzed including comparisons of expenditures, personnel, and curriculum. Problems and accomplishments of specific schools are described; Rough Rock Demonstration School is discussed in detail including its history, educational philosophy, and Navajo emphasis in curriculum. Numerous photographs, footnotes, and a bibliography of over 150 entries are included. (JH)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Boarding Schools, Community Control, Community Involvement, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Finance, Educational History, Educational Philosophy, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Government Role, Instruction, Public Schools, Self Determination, Tribes, Two Year Colleges, United States History
Navajo Curriculum Center, Rough Rock Demonstration School, Star Route One, Rough Rock, AZ 86503 ($14.95)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Indian Education.
Authoring Institution: Rough Rock Demonstration School, AZ. Navajo Curriculum Center.