This event has impacted countless lives along with profoundly damaging Indigenous culture, heritage, and language. Residential schools have also contributed to the symbolization of Canada’s treatment of Aboriginal people representing how Canada will achieve greater equality of Indigenous peoples. With the horrors and impacts of residential schools, it has become a major contribution to Canadian heritage and history, forever affecting Canada. Significance at the time that it was happening Residential schools were very significant at the time they occurred with widespread tragedies as a result of these still taking place today. Kids were stripped of their parents and parents their kids, they were given incredibly lackluster education, had Christianity forced upon them and weren’t allowed to speak their language.
Children in boarding schools were taught to be ashamed of and to reject their cultural heritage, ancestors and spiritual traditions (Chansonneuve 43). Moreover, boarding schools were usually underfunded, which had a negative impact on numerous aspects of school life and on the health of children (Daniels, 151). Therefore, with their harsh discipline and poor living conditions, boarding schools had damaging effects on Native people’s lives, and they contributed to many of the problems Native Americans have to face the present-day both in the U.S. and in Canada.
Like today, these schools are for those parents who want a better education for their children. Private schools have had and still have more principles regarding behavior and even attire for the students. The environment at a small disciplined school contrast to a less strict public school, which is typically why many have the assumption all students at private schools are satisfactory with no distractions. Movies are a clear example that has painted a perfect of how these individuals act, dress and who they surround themselves with. Take the movies Princess Diaries, the main character, Mia Thermopolis attends a private school and her grandmother is the queen of England.
The boarding schools taught him that the Indians were unintelligent and barbaric, in order to make Nose into an agent for the schools. I thought the boarding schools were extremely oppressive and I found it to be heartbreaking that these innocent children were brainwashed and taught that their race had a negative connotation to it. Furthermore, I feel like Zitkala-Sa’s experience really shows how the boarding schools took away the identity of these children and left them traumatized for life. Reading about both of these experiences amplifies how oppressive and dehumanizing these boarding schools
Throughout my seven years of being involved with a church youth group with a variety of backgrounds, I have noticed one thing: public school kids and homeschooled kids are very different. They are day and night as the two systems are vastly different from one another. A few specific things that have stuck out are the social skills, curriculum, and the discipline. Based on personal experience and research on the two topics, public schools is the better option to enroll students opposed to home school. Public schooling can benefit one’s social skills by having events such as dances, sports, and extracurricular activities.
By doing these activities were the only way to express herself. Therefore, if school was to cancel this activity, many children that are like Barry would have nothing to relieve and relied on. School had always been known to help and educated children’s of all ages, but when it comes to certain situation, school is like another home for children. It provided a new life for children’s and help them regain and improve on their mental stress. For example, Barry ran away from home at night to come to school because it the only place she feels content after her parent argument that night.
Americanization and Indian Boarding School The history of Native Americans was full of violent, cheats and sadness. From Spanish conquerors, English settlers to U. S Government, Native Americans lost their battles against these parties with greater power. As a result, their home lands, people and culture were consistently threatened by different societies. By the middle of the 19th century, most Native Americans were forced to live in the Indian Reservations, where harsh life continually facing challenges.
The residential school was a government-sponsored religious school founded to assimilate aboriginal children into the Euro-Canadian culture. Originally, Christian schools and Canadian governments have attempted to educate and convert indigenous adolescents into Euro-Canadian society, which has confused life and community and caused long-term problems among the indigenous peoples. With the passage of the British North America Act in 1867 and the implementation of the Indian Act (1876), the government was required to provide Indigenous youth with an education and to integrate them into Canadian society. Large numbers of aboriginal children in Canada were required to attend go to the residential schools. In the article "Impact of residential schooling and of child abuse on substance use problem in Indigenous Peoples" by Amélie Ross states,"According to the First Nations Regional Longitudinal
Upon returning home, they were a completely different person. “Many children no longer recognized their own parents and could not speak the same language.” (P.32). Children felt that they did not fit in on their reservation anymore. This lead to a growing dysfunction on most reservations. Since boarding school did not actually teach their students, students had nothing to build off of.
How do you survive boarding school as an international student? I have learned the answer to this question through four years of my life spent in Salisbury School. Some thinks of these school as a prison or somewhere bad kids get sent to for school. However, spending my high school years in Salisbury is one of the best decision I have made. The time I have in Salisbury can be summarized as the best four years you would never want to do again.