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I just finished reading the article about Native American boarding schools for class tonight. I had to ask myself, how much bad and good did these schools do? Of course it was a horrible thing to rip these children away from their parents and culture but they also learned how to survive in a white-dominated culture. Was is better to have Native Amercian children grow up in horrible conditions on a reservation and keep their culture or go to boarding schools and learn nessecary skills to function in mainstream society? Let me know what you guys think.....and I think most people might say it would have been best to leave these children with their tribes but someone please play the devil's advocate. Thanks! :wink:

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I am going to say that was best for those Native American children that were sent off to boarding schools just because the majority of those children would not have received the education that they need to make it in a world outside of their reservation. It is not like these children will grow up without learning their own background and culture. Their parents will instill that information to them when possible. Not every Native American can own a casino. They need to branch out into the outside world from what they are use to to get "real-life" experiences that will teach them how to deal with people, especially the white ones, and certain dilemnas that might pop up. A better solution probably would have been to get teachers sent to them instead of the opposite. I don't know how I would have been able to deal with being taking away from my grandparents and exposed to terrible illnesses. Something definately need to be done to educate young Natives just so they can have that knowledge when they do get older to be able to prosper in the outside world.

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I don't believe that we would have many Native Americans today if we did not provide them with the education and abilities to function in American society. They would have continued their war rampages and the officers and cowboys would have gone on their killing sprees. And, all because they didn't understand each others culture. I find it hard to imagine a mud hut or tee-pee in my back yard...or an Indian Brave astride a painted pony galloping down the interstate.

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I think that even though we took the Native American children away from their families, some good did come from it. In one of the articles some of the graduates from the Indian Boarding school actually liked it. This introduced the Indian children to a new culture and new ideals. The Indians also kept their culture through this. There are still Indian reservations that preserve many of the old ways from the past so I don't really think the boarding schools were all that bad.

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The Indian Boarding Schools seemed like slave schools that taught the children a trade. Academic courses were not taught as much as trades. Who knows what might have happened if the Indians had not gone to these schools.

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Why does everyone believe that the only reason the Natives would have survived was because whites educated them. they were here for hundreds if not thousands of years and were educated in life, spirituality and survival. i think the only reason some of them appreciate the boarding schools is because they went on to live in a white world. they were forbidden to perform rituals and speak their native language. why is it good for these people to become more like white? we should have at least given them land and just left them alone. if they wanted to join the white world they would have gone to them for help. i have cherokee and blackfoot Indian heritage and i wish i were part of that but in this society it is easier to be white so that is how my parents, grandparents and great grandparents chose to be. It's called selective ethnicity. and there is still no excuse for the terrible treatment of natives by white settlers. i think if we are handing out months to people we have treated unjustly they deserve a month, and not November.

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