Boarding Schools

Published on December 8, 2011 by Amy

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This is a picture of students who came to a boarding school
This is a picture of students who
came to a boarding school

At first, the government planned day schools for Native Americans to attend. Just like a regular public elementary schools, the students would return to their homes after classes.

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The government soon realized that this was not stripping the Native Americans of their culture as they had hoped. Parents were still capable of teaching their children the different traditions and languages when they returned home from school in the evening. The government then tried the boarding schools.

Taking students farther away from the reservations would cause the government to be more successful in brain washing the children. The consequences of the children practicing their culture were similar in many different articles. The kids could not speak the language, dress in a traditional way, or practice their culture without consequences.

Although the way the Native Americans were treated in these schools was terrible. Language and culture is supported and encouraged. Traditions and also encouraged to be practiced in these schools. Since we are in the twenty-first century, it is obvious that the schools also focus on academic studies. It is important though that these schools teach students about Native American ways, while also preparing them for life in today’s society.

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