Educational Issues and Social Change Essay

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|Assignment #2 |
|Educational Issues and Social Change I: Historical Social Perspectives |

Assignment #2

Question #1

Compare the “hidden curriculum” identified by S. Contenta with the underlying norms and values of “Indian education” highlighted in the video the Mission school syndrome and in the readings by Titley, Levaque, Gresko and Wilson. (750-1000 word)

Although education was meant for all children, education for Aboriginal children clearly had a hidden curriculum. It has been mentioned in all of the readings and the movie that the main objective
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The resulting 80 residential schools did enormous damage to children by providing inadequate academic instruction and skills training, denigrating their culture and often subjecting them to abuse.”[4] Children were taught the skills necessary to compete with the White man’s world which included elementary education, agriculture and farming, sewing, cooking and trade such as shoe making, carpentry and cabinet making. Should they have continued their way of life, it is presumed that Aboriginal people would be extinct due to starvation, illness and lack of skills.

As mentioned, these schools were purposely located off the reserves so that parental influence would be negligible. The government and missions goals of assimilating the older generation failed, so they went after the children who were more impressionable. Schooling “was intended to wean our [Indian] boys altogether from their old savage life; to instill into them civilized tastes, to teach them English thoroughly, to encourage their intercourse with white people, and in fact to make Canadians of them.”[5]

It seems though that no one really took into account what the Aboriginals wanted. Understanding the prejudice they faced, “they wanted the white man’s skills, but not necessarily his culture and religion.”[6] Aboriginals thus persisted in their

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