Education as We See It

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The film Education as we see it is a learning video addressing the educational decisions made in the late 1800s pertaining to the Canadian Aboriginals. Aboriginals were not considered productive members of the “white society” and therefore, Canadian government at the time, Duncan Scott believed that their best chance for success was to learn English and adopt Christianity and Canadian customs. (Keith & Whyte, 2003) By establishing residential schools where native children were forced to attend, ideally, they would pass their adopted lifestyle on to their children, and native traditions would eventually diminish. Scott stated that his ultimate goal was “to be rid of the Indian question.” (CBC News, 2010) Over the years, the students suffered harsh treatment, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. The issues addressed in the film are good examples of conflict theory as applied to education. Additional social concepts brought up for discussion also include ethnocentrism, social inequality, as well as gender assumptions/discrimination. (Education as we see it) Conflict theory was originally coined by Karl Marx, and later adapted and developed by other theorists’ including Max Weber. According to Karl Marx, in all stratified societies there are two major social groups: a ruling class and a subject class. The ruling class exploits and oppresses the subject class, and as a result there is a basic conflict of interest between the two classes. In summation, conflict theory can best be understood as a study of how the elite manage to hold onto their position at the top of the pyramid. (Culbertson, 2010) With regards to the particular film, the Canadian government and those running the institutions were considered the ruling class, and the Aboriginal society as a whole, particularly the students, were…...

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