ERIC Number: ED480732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Shifting Attention from "Discipline Problems" to "Virtue Awareness" in American Indian and Alaska Native Education. ERIC Digest.
Jacobs, Don Trent
To decrease negative behaviors in American Indian/Alaska Native students, teachers should help children understand, care about, and act upon core virtues such as courage, generosity, humility, honesty, fortitude, and patience. Integrating core virtues throughout the curriculum through stories, class discussions, role-playing, and critical evaluation about why virtues are important for harmonious relationships is natural to Native ways of learning. Nature is also conducive to understanding core virtues among Native students. When children understand how virtues play into all subjects and learning processes, they begin to comprehend the reciprocal relationships that surround them. When Native children are not required to renounce their cultural heritage, school achievement improves markedly. Native families that value the spiritual aspects of traditions bring the core virtues to life. When families are impaired, a sense of family can be created in the school. Native American methods of child management are one of the most effective systems of positive discipline ever developed. Perhaps, with new priorities in teaching and learning, it can work again. (Contains 23 references) (TD)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.