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ERIC Number: EJ772702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Learning Lakota
Kilman, Carrie
Teaching Tolerance, n30 p28-35 Fall 2006
Todd County, South Dakota, is synonymous with the Lakota Rosebud Reservation. It stretches across the state's south-central edge, bordered on one side by the better known Pine Ridge Reservation, where the American Indian Movement got its start, and on another side by Nebraska. Until the 1970s, generations of Indian children were forced from their homes and placed in schools run by the U.S. government and later by Christian missionaries, where they were beaten for speaking their language, their traditional clothes and hair were stripped from them, and they sometimes were given new Judeo-Christian names. The schools were designed to systematically destroy the passage of cultural identity from one generation to the next. But now, the Todd County School District increasingly promotes culturally responsive curriculum. Culturally responsive curriculum represents a radical departure from the usual approach to multicultural education. Instead of tacking cultural information onto existing curriculum, it calls for embedding it into everyday lessons, building on students' experiences and making lessons relevant to what students already know. This article describes how a culturally responsive curriculum may be the best antidote to the violence, poverty and growing cultural disconnect hindering student success at Todd County High School.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Dakota