The United States enacted laws to educate Indians in boarding schools in 1819. This unfortunate use of education has developed into an international embarrassment as both Canada and the US used these boarding schools to wipe out tribal identity.
US Interior Secretary, Deb Haaland
Schools Reflect Our Country
One of the realities of schooling is how much the design of schools reflect our country. Changing schools for the better cannot start without the realization that we must first discuss, agree, and change our society. No one gets a pass in this process, even if the design is at first pushed through. Educating a large group of indians, now called Native Americans, by designing boarding schools to wipe out their tribal identity, is as reflective of our country’s short term thinking as current efforts to privatize all of education. If we are to make a truly public education system, it will have to be discussed and we will have to agree to change our society to support our truly public education schools. If we want to privatize the whole system, we will end up with many more poor schools and a more divided country than we have now.