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Last Name 1Boarding School EssayI have always seen education as the greatest form of advancement and growth. I see it as an opportunity to learn from previous mistakes, be inspired by pastachievements, be influenced by great pioneers, and be prepared for what’s to come. Education is the best way to shape and mold our tomorrow. However, it becomes a problem when it is used in the manner it was used against Native Americans. I say against because of how it was intended to function with Native Americans. Native Americans were not invited to participate in the greatest form of advancement but forced to stand before an army of teachers holding rifles of indoctrination and grenades of industrial training. Although the educators deeply believed that the gospel of love and the gospel of work would be enough to justify the means and the intent, it was not enough.Native American Boarding School had as a mission to detribalize native American children leading them to Americanization through an education grounded in Western academics and buttressed by vocational training and stern discipline. (Townsend, 367) It was all about breaking all of the ties children could have with their families; to remove the Indians found in these children and “save” the man. It was believed that if the children were separated from their families, they would be able to learn new ways under the exclusive and direct influence of the white men and the teachings of the Western world. By instructing them in Christianity, civics, United Statesvalues and customs, and other basic skills, the child could be transformed into an American and put an end to the “Indian problem.” The Americanized agenda was clear
Last Name 2when we see that “purposely included in all academic and religious instruction was the message that native cultures possessed no value.” (Townsend, 368)Native American families disliked the results of their youngsters going to boardingschool, and some parents would protest and even refuse to let their children go. They were not white, but certainly were not Indian, or at least, not as Indians as they were.

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