A Brief Study Of Colonial Indian Schools Essay

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Knowledge is Power: A Brief Study of Colonial Indian Schools
In the early years of English settlement in North America, a push to establish educational institutions for Indians grew in an attempt to ameliorate the relationships between colonists and their neighboring tribes. Indian schools developed in several places, but most notably in the Massachusetts at Harvard and in Virginia at the College of William and Mary. For both institutions, the funding came from the will of Sir Robert Boyle, a well-known British scientist who wanted to contribute to society in “pious and charitable” ways. By creating Indian schools, Harvard and The College of William and Mary capitalized on these additional funds to sustain their institutions while promising to promote Christianity amongst local tribes. Although both stated that the goals of the Indian schools was to Christianize and facilitate relationships with the tribes, the institutions failed their Indian students in providing them with a proper English education. However, when viewing the situation from the perspective of the Indians, the schools occasionally helped the tribes gain a better understanding of English culture thus allowing them to defend themselves against various forms of exploitation. The Indian schools at both Harvard and William and Mary had similar origins in regards to their goals and funding, but both institutions had different outcomes in terms of success which must be considered from both the English and Indian…

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