ERIC Number: ED257929
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
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The Samoan Child in Samoa and in Hawaii.
Reid, Salu H.
A majority of the Samoan students in Hawaii and the mainland United States come from American Samoa, but a small number are immigrants from western Samoa, which is geographically and politically separate. The culture of western Samoa is very traditional, and Samoan families are categorized as "extended." All children are expected to help with the family chores, and are taught to be obedient and to emulate their parents. In American Samoa, there are several consolidated elementary schools (which combine two or three of the old village schools), high schools, a vocational school, a community college, adult education, and a Bilingual-Bicultural project. English-speaking children attend the same schools, according to their residential locality. In Western Samoa, however, education is not compulsory, and the older children get, the less likely they are to continue their educations. At the primary level, most children attend village schools, which have a shortage of teachers and essentially no textbooks. Instruction is in Samoan, until Standard Level I (Grade 4) when the student is exposed to an all-English environment. Forms I through V correspond to Grades 9-12, and students at this level are either given vocational training or are prepared for university. When Samoans emigrate to Hawaii they often encounter problems with money, nutrition, school behavior, language and health. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: American Samoa