ECS 200

Week 6.

3 things I learned:

Aboriginal languages are continuously being lost and forgotten yet it is the “the most significant factor in the restoration, regeneration, and survival of Indigenous knowledge”. (p. 17) Although people are becoming more aware and are communicating about how language loss is affecting Aboriginal Communities, there is minimal action being taken to reverse it. 

It is interesting to point out the differences between the ways Western and Aboriginal cultures share knowledge. It is common for Westerners to share knowledge through writing and books, where Aboriginal peoples prefer to share wisdom through stories and communication.

In lecture we talked about report cards being used to project how a student is developing in the classroom. I found Stacey’s story about her son interesting. Her son is clearly a competent oral communicator but since he did not use his communication skills in the particular way the curriculum constructs students to use them in; he received a poor grade. I think it is going to be difficult for me as a teacher to find a balance between marking my students based on their abilities and how the curriculum wants their abilities to procreate.

2 connections I made:

I question the quote in the reading Nourishing the Learning Spirit that says “it is expected that schools will validate the existing knowledge base of the students and provide an environment , experiences and knowledge, where students may work toward fulfillment of their gifts and purposes in accordance with the laws of Creator”.  I agree that Aboriginal students should have the opportunity to include these aspects in their education journey. I also think that future educators should have the opportunity to learn more about the Creator and Aboriginal ways of knowing so we have the means to properly educate Aboriginal peoples. What I question is how am I as a descendant of white settlers able to receive the proper education to authentically teach Aboriginal students about something I know very little about, or even believe in? Are we expected to teach in these ways, or are Elders and people who follow the same beliefs the only ones who can appropriately teach this subject?

In the Youtube video ‘What is learning spirit?’ they are asked about the phenomenon; “what is the purpose of life”, and eventually the Herald Keeper at the Sun Dance answered with “we only come here to dream”. They feel like they are “in a dream like stance”. As said in the video he talks about how eurocentric beliefs have never mentioned anything about dreaming, which I can relate to because due to the way I have been brought up I can not grasp the concept of living life “in a dream like stance”.  Just as it is difficult for Sakej Henderson and others to find an answer to the question “what is the purpose of life”, which is a common question asked in the Western culture.


1 question: 

How do we balance our grading systems between conforming to the curriculum and our own sense of appropriate achievements?

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