ERIC Number: ED377017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Preparing American Indian Students for the 21st Century. Hearing on S. 1150 To Improve Learning and Teaching by Providing a National Framework for Education Reform;...To Ensure Equitable Educational Opportunities and High Levels of Educational Achievement for All American Students; To Provide a Framework for Reauthorization....Hearing of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. United States Senate, One Hundred Third Congress, First Session (Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 21, 1993).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
A Congressional hearing held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, received testimony on the Goals 2000: Educate America Act as it applies to American Indian education. The purpose of the hearing was to explore ways in which American Indians can participate as equal partners in the process of reaching national consensus on education reform, including the development of content and performance standards and an assessment mechanism. A representative of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) described how BIA schools are addressing the six national goals as well as two additional goals concerning Indian culture and language and school facilities. A representative of the Navajo Nation outlined the history and philosophy of Navajo education, described the six school systems serving Navajo students, and discussed Navajo educational goals and interest in reform, particularly the establishment of a "Department of T'aa Dine Education" to oversee Navajo education in a manner similar to a state department of education. Pueblo leaders and educators praised the national goals while pointing out how interpretation of the goals from an inappropriate perspective could be damaging to Indian students; discussed the danger of raising expectations without providing needed financial support; described needs for educational facilities and culturally sensitive teachers; and addressed the problem of culturally biased evaluation instruments driving the curriculum. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Hearings, Higher Education, Navajo (Nation), Preschool Education, Pueblo (People), Tribally Controlled Education
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000