Indian Education Examined

August 1973
Journal of Learning Disabilities;Aug/Sep1973, Vol. 6 Issue 7, p466
Academic Journal
The article discusses the condition of Indian Education in the U.S. and the efforts made by the U.S. Government to emphasize it. Assistant Secretary of U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare Sidney P. Marland acknowledged that despite the fact that considerable Office of Education funds were being spent on Indian education, but the money was not being spent in the most effective possible ways, and there clearly was required a major new conception and emphasis on truly reaching Indian children. Under the terms of the Indian Education Act, part of the Education Amendments of 1972, funding for Indian education programs totaled $18 million in Fiscal Year 1973, primarily for the planning and organization of improved service to Indians. Marland asserted that major target areas for the year could include community-run preschool programs for children aged 9 months to 4 years and involving Indian mothers as staff members, bicultural education, English language communication skill school equivalency training for adults, including direct grants to independently run and controlled Indian schools. Further, we well continue to press our opportunities to provide grants and aid to Indians in colleges and universities.


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