(EDITOR’S NOTE: Part One of this article on discussing native educational issues ran in the Jan. 1 edition of the Navajo-Hopi Observer. This was the topic of a daylong roundtable discussion held Dec. 11 at Arizona State University. Attendees primarily included school administrators, teachers, university service providers and local native community school board members.)
Last week’s article listed evidence that student achievement and performance, community and school pride and educational opportunity are clearly and directly tied to respect for and support of the first language of a native child. As a result, efforts to suppress and exterminate that language have a negative effect on the full academic achievement and potential for native students.
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