Indian Boarding Schools EssayThe thought of packing your bags and being sent off away from your family to go to an institution were you might be spending years at, in order to get a decent education is one that goes back as far as to the year 597at The King’s School in Canterbury, England. The concept I am talking about here are mainly known as “boarding schools”. Boarding schools role in the education world is to give their students a higher education than a regular school. Many people have multiple views on these schools, I feel that the reality of things are that you honestly have no choice but to learn whatever is taught to you in these boarding schools. The teachers there will always have the upper hand to any complaints the student may have. Students live in dorm rooms the school provides and get to go home to see family during breaks. It has not always been like this. Boarding schools vary depending on the goals of the society that surrounds the school. In some cases such as with the Indian boarding schools in America during the late 1800’s boarding schools were used to assimilate the Indians towards being more “Americanized”. Some well-known critics of boarding schools during those times would be the famous Native American leader Sitting Bull, and the American Civil Leader Henry Ward Beecher.Sitting Bull and Henry Ward Beecher had their own views of boarding schools that stood for a similar cause. Both were against the thought of sending children away from their family, only to assimilate towards a white American’s society wants. Sitting Bull was a leader of the Lakota (Sioux) people. Sitting Bull’s early years of life, he originally coined the name “Slow” due to “his deliberate manner and his awkward movement of his study body.”(Sitting Bull). As he grew, he would join war parties and through him gaining prestige cause of his heroic acts in battle, he earned his name Sitting Bull. In 1857, Sitting Bull became chief of the Hunkpapa, and his leadership qualities would often be put to the test when dealing with the Americans. During his leadership the Lakota people faced famous battles such as the” Battle of the Little Bighorn” against Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer , many Americans died during this battle. Fast-forwarding to later years, Sitting Bull had his own quote on the ways of the White Americans trying to assimilate the Natives to their views. Sitting Bull believed in the Great Spirit, as most natives did, with this being said he felt that the Americans shouldn’t change the native people do to if the Great Spirit wanted them White he would of done so in the first place. He understood
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