ERIC Number: ED341532
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct-16
Reference Count: N/A
Middle Schools and High Schools. INAR/NACIE Joint Issues Sessions. National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Annual Conference (22nd, San Diego, California, October 16, 1990). 16, 1990).
National Advisory Council on Indian Education, Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC. Indian Nations At Risk Task Force.
This report summarizes two joint sessions held by the Indian Nations At Risk Task Force and the National Advisory Council on Indian Education to hear testimony on issues in Native American education at the middle school and high school levels. Issues and problems are: (1) factors contributing to high Native dropout rates, including teenage pregnancy, the stressful transition from tribal elementary school to public secondary school, substance abuse, and long commuting distances to school; (2) lack of Native parent and community involvement and empowerment in public schools; (3) lack of culturally relevant curriculum in public schools; (4) the shortage of certified Native teachers and difficulties in retaining teachers in tribal and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) schools due to low pay and lack of retirement programs; (5) inadequate funding and substandard facilities at BIA schools; (6) advantages and disadvantages of BIA boarding schools compared to public schools; (7) postsecondary planning, career aspirations, and college preparation versus vocational education; (8) difficulties in sharing innovative curriculum; and (9) the need for educational change in the schools serving Native Americans. Also described are local programs and strategies to curb high dropout rates; state and local initiatives encouraging inclusion of Native language and culture in the curriculum; and entrepreneurship programs in reservation schools. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Advisory Council on Indian Education, Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC. Indian Nations At Risk Task Force.