The Establishment Of Residential Schools

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The establishment of residential school remains to be one of the most culturally divisive moves of the 20th century. Analysts and experts concur that the schools have impacted generation after generations of the targeted communities. though perceived to be noble, the idea behind the establishment of residential schools has been viewed as one of the most direct ways of influencing the native communities to not only abandon their cultural beliefs but also embrace foreign ideology. Research has shown the spread of residential schools within the native communities has not only negatively impacted the communities’ cultural standing but has also lowered the threshold for human rights as more children are subjected to inhuman treatment by the system. There is a strong belief that the residential schools system was established by the sole aim of forcing learners to adopt a western style life characterized by western values and the western religion. This has been the bone of contention within cultural and social experts.
Commonly referred to as the American Indian boarding schools, these schools came into existence in the late eighteenth century but later experienced increased presence in the Indian American community during the nineteenth century (Judy & Bennett,1986). Indigenous peoples view the introduction of residential schools as one of the most painful chapters in the history of their culture. Several studies carried out a by anishanaabe affiliated outfits have indicated that…

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