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Running head: EXISTENCE OF BOARDING LEARNING INSTITUTIONS1Existence of Boarding SchoolsStacy UnwinSaint Leo University
EXISTENCE OF BOARDING LEARNING INSTITUTIONS2Existence of Boarding SchoolsHow and Why Boarding Schools Came into ExistenceThe provision of education for pupils who live on the premises began in the 19thcentury withthe Indians. Boarding schools for the American Indian natives started with the aim of eliminating theAmerican Indian forms of living of ancient times and instill the American culture. The governmentconstructed some of the earliest schools of this type. Some of the schools were set up by theChristian missionaries. Initially, the families of the Indians were compelled by the government totake their children into the setup school. Still, later they opted to let their children without beingobliged since they had no alternative school. To accomplish the goals of the boarding schools, theAmericans eliminated the tradition of the American natives and the Indian ways of life. Notably, theIndian kids were detached from their relatives and social systems for a long time that went past fouryears. Besides, the children were forced to cut their long hairs shot, abandoned their traditional wayof clothing, and even use the English names (Davis, 2001). These actions led to some criticismagainst the existence of boarding schools. Other notable scholars who contributed to the topic ofboarding schools were Sitting Bull and Ward Beecher. The Authors’ Quotes and Life ExperiencesHenry was a gospel minister who was well known for advocating slave abolitions, women's suffrage, and equality (Davis, 2001). His fight for justice was the reason why he was against boarding schools. Another author, Sitting Bull, also stood against boarding schools. Bull became so