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Indian School: Teaching the White Man's Way

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In 1879 eighty-four Sioux boys and girls became the inaugural group of students to be enrolled at the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. Carlisle was the first institution opened by the federal government for the education of Native American children. The brainchild of former Indian fighter Captain Richard Pratt, Carlisle, like other schools that followed, was establi ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published September 20th 1999 by Clarion Books
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Maddie O.
Dec 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Imagine-being stolen away from your family and driven halfway across the country. Then, someone blinding you of your culture and having a completely new language shoved down your throat. This is what had to happen to many Native Americans who were thrown into non-reservation boarding schools. Indian School by Michael L. Cooper paints a picture of what it was like for students that participated in this experience. From Carlisle Industrial School for Indians in Pennsylvania to Fort Mojave School ...more
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
The author tried to be objective and to see things from two perspectives. The book was meant to be written for teens at most. Oddly enough this book was in the adult section of the library, I suspect because preteens and teens would not go down to the children's section to find books and unfortunately the area labeled young adult seems to be filled with mostly trashy teen romance books. In the instance of Aboriginal children being forcefully removed from their homes and families and way of life, ...more
Mar 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: info-bios
"Indian School" is an information book about the Native American boarding schools that were popular in the late 1800's to the early 1900's. Carlisle boarding school was the largest of all the Native American boarding schools and was pioneered by a man name Captain Pratt. Captain Pratt thought he was doing a favor to the Native Americans by heading up boarding schools for children to become "white civilized". It was believed that those who were not white were inferior and these boarding schools f ...more
Eva G
Mar 27, 2013 added it
Recommends it for: Who likes History
Recommended to Eva by: Bobbie
I will write what it says in the book. "Imagine being suddenly uprooted from the family you love and the only home you have ever known. That is what happened to eighty-four Sioux boys and girls in 1879 when they were forced to leave their tribe behind and become students at the Carlisle Indian School. Carlisle was the first institution opened by the federal government for the education of Native American children. The brainchild of former Indian fighter Captain Richar Pratt, Carlisle, like other ...more
Mar 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fourth and fifth graders studying KY and American history
AS a poor student of some areas of American history, I found this book to be very interesting, sad and disheartening about our dear old White Man ways. Geeze-Louise!

What these children and this population of people endured, for the greater good of the White population. Once again I am reminded that I might not want to always be proud of my caucasion heritage. . . man.

One thing that was interesting to me was the change in physical appearance of some of these children in the before and after photo
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book tells of how Europeans made Native American children attend their schools and taught them how their ancestors ways were barbaric and uncivilized. It also gives you the point of view of what the Native American children were experiencing in the time they spent at school. during the first few weeks they raised a lot of mischief in the schools. Some children set fires, some ran away, and some would riot against the teachers. However later their behavior changed and they would write lette ...more
Annie Yang
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent for those who simply want to find out facts, instead of reading a long, drawn-out story. The cover was shocking, and it's hard to know if the photos are fake or real. The use of the word "Indian" was irksome, but the readers don't get to suffer for that long, plus the book follows several different actual children's personal accounts. The author presents the subject matter in a way that isn't for either white people or Native Americans strongly, so anyone can read this book.
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
An interesting book that we read for my Children's Non-Fiction class. I thought it was enlightening about the schools. This book has been criticized a lot by the Native American community. Oyate has a long explanation as to why they don't like this book.
Nov 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was very disappointed with how Michael L Cooper seemed more interested in the supposed positive side of residential school in the U.S.A. rather than a balanced approach with how damaging it was to a lot of lives.
Jul 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
this was a very eye opening book. To know the truth behind how our ancestors got the Indian children to school and then took away their Indian culture was so sad.
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