Quote of the Day from Teaching Truly

Quotes from Teaching Truly: A Curriculum to Indigenize Mainstream Education by Four Arrows (Don Trent Jacobs)

“Bringing such thinking and philosophy into the classroom calls for preparedness and open-mindedness. In their monograph for the Ontario Association of Dean’s Education, entitled “Incorporating Indigenous Philosophies and Practices” (2011), Beckford and Nahdee encourage teachers and students to:

Avoid Sentimentalism and Romanticism. Aboriginal ecological knowledge should not be romanticized. Aboriginal societies do not possess a single view or type of relationship with nature. Also, there are often gaps between philosophy and practice. Note that today many Aboriginal cultures are quite mainstreamized and have become estranged from the traditional knowledge and practices once associated with their relationship with the land. Thus, despite the many great lessons to be learned, a realistic and balanced approach in prudent.”

~ Teaching Truly Pg.69

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