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ERIC Number: ED432421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Pages: 20
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The Emancipation Proclamation for Indian Education: A Passion for Excellence and Justice.
Bray, Scott W.
This document addresses an educational system that is failing Native American children. Despite the trappings of equality, the system is failing to teach Native American children the essential skills of reading, writing, math, and thinking. The mission in Indian education is to enable each child to reach full potential in spirit, mind, and body by providing essential skills and ensuring that all students achieve or surpass national norms and standards. Fifteen steps are outlined that are necessary to achieve this mission. The first step is to meet students' basic needs, including cleanliness and hunger. Second, physical fitness should be emphasized by establishing programs such as 50 Mile Clubs. Third and fourth, accountability of school boards must increase, and racism must end. Fifth, school leadership must be improved. Suggested techniques include showing inspirational movies at schools and holding rallies with students. The sixth step would be to change the elementary system so that the same teacher teaches the same children from kindergarten through third grade. Seventh, students should be taught metacognitive strategies such as how to manage time and how to study. Classroom instruction should also be improved. Eighth and ninth steps involve connecting the classroom to the real world and improving reading skills. Steps 10 and 11 would improve special education services and use technology wisely. Step 12 calls for ending corporal punishment and reporting child abuse. Thirteenth, staff housing should no longer be segregated, but integrated into the community at large. As a 14th step, every school district serving Native American students must establish a private nonprofit educational foundation so that private moneys can be raised to counter cuts in Indian education funding. The 15th step in educational reform is to practice accountability in time and finances. (CDS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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