Education. Biased?

In Mountain Wolf Woman, the idea of education is represented by showing how the Native Americans lived and how Americans settling affected their group, in their way in life and where they were living. In the book Mountain Wolf Woman, she talks about going to school briefly, where she was taught English, but then soon her parents removed her to get married. She did not have the same experience as other American children, as they went to school much longer and often. This was not well because Mountain Wolf Woman was unable to learn as much as other children that were “school education”, but she was still able to learn things through the day to day interaction.  The book itself is for non-Ho-Chunk people, as seen in the pronouns the Ho-Chunk people are said as “they”, this shows bias. The book is educating those who read it while children who read the book would only see it as a story. This is similar to the American girl books, in the Kirsten books, they learn how life might be completely different for different varying types of people, but still are biased toward American Life. As seen in Meet Kirsten, there was this depiction of American life is amazing, and when they arrived, they began starting to follow ways of American life.  While public schools’ education is not focused necessarily on one topic but a lot of topics, similar to American girl books, that are meant to show different viewpoints while still tracking back to American life. Readings that are presented in class often use pronouns “they” for groups that are non-white and then “we” for white groups, similar to Mountain Wolf Woman, showing bias in one group over the other. Sometimes text used in public schools is even so biased that they will exclude certain facts to perceive the past better than it was, details such as the devastation of the trail of tears. Both in Mountain Wolf Woman, American Girl Books, and text from public school focus on representations of Education in a way that shows bias or that American life is important.

2 thoughts on “Education. Biased?”

  1. It is interesting to think that we are so used to reading about others but having the text be directed for us as readers. There is a large bias, like you mentioned, towards American life and it directly relates to how children are educated.

  2. This post does a great job of explaining how education is targeted towards certain groups and messages. I was very intrigued by the “we” and “they” categories because I didn’t necessarily realize it prior. These categories are very interesting as these books are largely biased towards whites and white culture.

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