The Ethics Of Teaching And Teaching

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In the words of Cornel Pewewardy, educators are responsible for maintaining the ethics of teaching and for helping to eliminate racism in all aspects of school life. (Pewewardy, 2001)
In Wisconsin, racism towards Natives is evident in multiple high schools . In total, there are more than 45 high schools across the state with Native Mascots. (Wicks) A few of these mascots are the Indians, Red Raiders/ Red Men, and Warriors. (Wicks) Of those 45 schools only a few have decided to minimize this racism by removing their controversial mascot. In 2007, Tomah High School retired its mascot, the Indian, and replaced it with the Timberwolf. (Anderson, 2014) In 2010, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau abandoned its Redmen mascot to become the Red Hawks. (Anderson, 2014) Although these two schools are not alone in changing their mascots, most schools are pretty reluctant to change. Often times, locals do not see an issue with the mascot and the topic of change is brought up by outside sources such as the Wisconsin Indian Education association. In 2014, the WIEA mailed open letter to Prairie du Chien and Seneca public schools, along with 29 other Wisconsin districts, asking them to abandon any "race-based" logo, mascot or team name. (Anderson, 2014) The WIEA strongly believes that the use of Native Mascots are harmful to our children no matter how they are depicted. Stephanie Fryberg, an American Indian psychologist, has research that reinforces just that. According to Fryberg, exposure to
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