There are a myriad of themes developed in the reading “Native Americans: Deculturalization, Schooling, Globalization, and Inequality.” Some of the major ideas and themes discussed throughout the article were citizenship in the new rubric, the cultural power of schooling, the missionary educators, language and Native American cultures, Indian removal and civilization programs, and Native American reservations and boarding schools. Essentially, after the white settlers stole land from Native Americans, they viewed them as inferior and oppressed them to ensure they would not revolt and attempt to steal back their land. We can still see this deep oppressive nature in schools and society today and we are encouraged to make students feel included and encourage them to take their education seriously.
The article incorporates a wide variety of sources, examples, and facts to prove the points and emphasize the themes being referenced within the article. The authors employ several resources in their works cited section which prove to me that their points are well researched and well thought through. In addition, the author utilized other tools such as timelines and quotes from numerous respected sources to further emphasize their points. Lastly, one strategy that the author uses is including several dates to showcase that this isn’t just a problem today, history recognizes that this is an ongoing problem since the founding of our country.
There are numerous political, cultural, and ideological perspectives incorporated within our assigned reading “Native Americans: Deculturalization, Schooling, Globalization, and Inequality” that showcase the necessity of this issue. Specifically, we see a lot of political and cultural influence on the article and the topic in general because of the impact culture and politics have had on Native Americans. Obviously we see a culture relevance because this article discusses how Native American students are suffering in schools due to their culture. Politically, the article discusses the ways in which laws and biases have kept these students from succeeding in the past, and how this past political issue continues to have ramifications in the classroom today. In addition, the idea of gearing education towards students’ cultures specifically relates back to culturally relevant pedagogy which can be an example of progressive education. It is important to teach students about numerous cultures and perspectives, but to also relate it back to their own cultures or interests to keep them engaged and interested in the content. For example, Native American students should occasionally learn about their own cultures and interests in the classroom to encourage them to see how it is important and relevant to them specifically.
The curriculum we use in schools it geared towards Caucasian students and Native American students and as future teachers, we have a responsibility to create an inclusive and welcoming environment where bullying, discrimination, and hate is not encouraged and is shut down immediately. I chose to highlight some of these points in my current connection on the article titled “The Issues Surrounding Native American Education” by Native Hope. This article is about an organization dedicated to helping Native American students graduate from high school. The article discussed the deep rooted trauma of Native Americans and how that has seeped into the classroom. Indian Education is referred to as “a national tragedy, a national challenge” in my article which I think accurately summarizes this unfortunate situation. My article goes into a lot of detail about how Native American students have one of the lowest graduation rates and that this organization is dedicated to helping fix this problem which directly connects back to the problems illustrated in the assigned reading.