Native American Education Flaws

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Ryan Basch Elizabeth Gillis-Smith English M01A 7-12-09 Flaws in the American School System The Native Americans as a whole have been through a lot of hardships, controversies, and acts of discrimination throughout their history. They have proven that their people were the first to land in the Americas, and have founded all of the land by themselves. However, they are not treated as so, and have had many instances where the Indian people and their tribes have been taken for granted and pushed around. A major problem for the Native Americans is the educational flaws in the American school system, in regards of Native American children. The following essay will depict the many problems for Indian children associated with the American…show more content…
Throughout the book, Dan gives many lectures about his feelings on any certain topic that came up in conversation. One topic Dan mentioned is the topic on the American educational system. Dan depicts how Native Americans are treated extremely unfairly in American schools. Whether it is teaching the kids incorrect information, having the kids disobey an Indian rule, or being made fun of for not knowing the language well, the Native American children are not being treated fairly, and this is something that needs to be…show more content…
They both worked within very close proximity to a bording school where batches of Native American children were brought in and forced to learn English. He explains how “The federal government routinely rounded up native children - kidnapped, tribe members say - and held them separate from their parents in boarding schools well into the 20th century in a systematic effort to eradicate Indian language and culture” (Clark 2). The Native American children were only educated in English. Therefore, while at school, the teachers taught in english, classmates spoke in English, and the native language seems to just slowly drift out of their mind, and then is completely forgotten. Clark shares how “Native leaders are compiling dictionaries, drafting lesson plans, and scrambling to save what scraps of language they can before the last of the fluent elders dies” (Clark 2). It is a serious fear of the elder Native Americans that the native language will die off. This is the fear of Johnson’s grandmother. “‘I think if we didn't have our languages, our customs, traditions, that we wouldn't be considered native Americans’” (Clark 2). Johnson’s grandmother expresses her concern, and reason for her concern. If the American schools continue to neglect the teaching of the Native American language, it will
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