Essay on Aboriginals in Residential School Systems

1053 Words Nov 1st, 2012 5 Pages
Adam Migchels Migchels 1
Sociology 101
Barry McClinchey
November 7, 2012

Aboriginals In Residential Schools

In today’s society, the residential school system is a place where young children are not only taught math and science, but also about equality and discrimination.
However, a lot has changed since the residential school system was first introduced in
Canada. It was once a place where teachers treated students differently depending upon their gender, and what their background was; in particular, Aboriginals were treated very poorly (Marcuse et al., 1993). Sociologists have many views on the topic of Aboriginal treatment in schools, and throughout this essay, the ideas of gender assumptions, socialization
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Within the conflict theory, and all the other theoretical perspectives, there are many concepts that sociologists focus on. Many of these concepts pertain to the topic of residential school systems. One of these concepts is gender stereotyping. Gender stereotyping refers to the assignment of roles and jobs in society based on gender (McClinchey 2012). It was thought that men, and therefore boys, were more important than girls, and teachers would act based on that statement. Teachers treated boys with more respect, for example, teachers would give boys more praise than girls when they had completed a task (McClinchey, 2012). A specific example of gender stereotyping from the video was that the priests in these schools would rape the girls. (Marcuse et al., 1993). This specific example showed that males were the dominant sex and that it was all right for women to be treated in such a fashion. As we can see, the conflict theory is shown very strongly here in that males had the power over the females.

Migchels 3 In addition, the socialization agents of these young Aboriginals play a large role in making them the people they will become. Socialization agents are known as individuals, groups, and social institutions that together form people to become productive members of society (McClinchey, 2012). These agents include family, peers, education, and mass media. In particular, the Aboriginal children would see

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