Indian Education and Equity

Indian Education and Equity

Course Description

Native American children face the worst educational prospects of any demographic group in the U.S. Native children do worse on standardized tests, drop out at a higher rate, go to college at a much lower rate, and are more likely to commit suicide. This course, a one-credit supplement to Education Equity in Law and Policy, will consider the history and policies behind the challenges Native communities face in assuring that their children obtain good educations. Topics will include: boarding school experiences; equality, integration, and community control; PL-638 and Self-Determination; Indian Education and Finance; No Child Left Behind and Indian Ed; and community-controlled schools and Native spirituality. The class, which can be taken separately or in conjunction with Education Equity in Law and Policy, will meet beginning August 30 for five consecutive Tuesdays (5-7:00 p.m.) with one additional class meeting to be arranged.