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Teaching Truly

Four Arrows (Don Trent Jacobs)

Teaching Truly

A Curriculum to Indigenize Mainstream Education

Series: Critical Praxis and Curriculum Guides - Volume 3

Year of Publication: 2013

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2013. 282 pp.
ISBN 978-1-4331-2248-4 pb.  (Softcover)
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Weight: 0.430 kg, 0.948 lbs

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Discipline

Book synopsis

For the first time in educational publishing, Teaching Truly offers K–16 teachers course-specific guidelines for indigenizing mainstream education. The goal is to facilitate greater educational integrity and relevance in the classroom now, without waiting for more «reforms» to policy, standards or curricula in general. Incorporating reality-based teaching common in traditional Indigenous learning cultures, each chapter first exposes educational hegemony, including that existing within the new «common core standards», and then offers alternative, time-tested perspectives and exercises to counter and/or counter-balance such hegemony. Addressing eight common subject areas, the material can be adapted for different grade levels and can be applied to other mainstream courses.

Contents

Contents: The West: Anti-Indianism in Education and in the Academe; Historical Trauma and Its Prevention in the Classroom – The North: The STAR (Service To All relations) Navajo School Model; Indigenous Teaching and Learning Pathways – The East: Health; Music; English Language Arts; United States History; Mathematics; Economics; Science; Geography – The South: From Fear to Fearlessness (Religion/Psychology and Spirituality).

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Four Arrows (Don Trent Jacobs) has a PhD in Health Psychology from Columbia Pacific University and an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction with a Cognate in Indigenous Worldviews from Boise State University. Former Dean of Education at Oglala Lakota College and a tenured professor at Northern Arizona University, Four Arrows is currently on the faculty in the College of Educational Leadership and Change at Fielding Graduate University. Recipient of Canada’s Mid Day Star Award for his service to Aboriginal Peoples and the Moral Courage Award from the Martin Springer Institute on Holocaust Studies, Four Arrows is the author of 20 books and numerous chapters and articles on the positive application of Indigenous perspectives generalized from a number of First Nations on mainstream issues. He lives in a small fishing village in Mexico with his artist wife where he plays arena polo, stand-up paddle surfs and plays one-wall handball. In 2012, he placed fourth in the world championships of «old time piano playing contests» and can be seen in the documentary, The Entertainers.

Reviews

of a significant educational perspective that has long been buried by corporate and political interests, that of the continent’s Primary People. We would surely live more balanced, respectful and grounded lives if 21st-century educators were to read this book and learn from its lessons. If we hope to pass along to our grandchildren a healthy 22nd century, we need a richer education than the ‘edupreneurs’ have provided us thus far.» (Peter Smagorinsky, Distinguished Research Professor of English Education, University of Georgia)

«Teaching Truly is an important work. It outlines in great detail how we can bring Indigenous perspectives and practices into the K–16 curriculum. This book provides a powerful framework as well as many practical strategies that can inspire teachers. Rooted in the original vision of Indigenous peoples, Four Arrows has given us a way to educate the whole person including the soul. Educating the whole child is indeed our last hope.» (John (Jack) P. Miller, author of The Holistic Curriculum, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto)

«In my own work as an environmental activist, I’ve learned more from the indigenous environmental network than just about anyone else. If the Indigenous perspective can help even an old guy like me, then educators should be paying attention to what Four Arrows offers in this book. God knows we need some new ways of looking at things.» (Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and author of The End of Nature, The Age of Missing Information, and The Global Warming Reader)
«Now more than ever, teachers overrun by the bankrupt Common Core hegemony need the wisdom and insights, the joyfulness and harmony offered in Teaching Truly.» (Susan Ohanian, author of Caught in the Middle: Nonstandard Kids and a Killing Curriculum)

«This new book by Four Arrows bridges a gap, allowing for a renewed flow of wisdom from American Indian cultures. This perspective has always been crucial to us at AERO and we hope many will be able to use it before our mainstream culture goes over a cliff.» (Jerry Mintz, Founder and Director of Alternative Education Resource Organization)

«This book needs to be taken seriously. It offers a perspective that has been missing in cultural storage and thinking promoted in public schools and universities and online learning systems. There are many reasons for learning from indigenous knowledge systems. It would be a mistake to read Teaching Truly as an appeal to going back in time, as the lessons to be learned from indigenous cultures are timeless.» (C.A. Bowers, author of the Perspectives on the Ideas of Gregory Bateson, Ecological Intelligence and Educational Reforms, and The Way Forward)

«Four Arrows has brought leading thinking about this vital necessity into this text. We have much to learn from our host First Nations about teaching, thinking, rhythm and curriculum that Four Arrows has concisely captured for all teachers. This book is vital to our collective learning for today and in the future.» (Tom Cooper, author of A Time Before Deception and Fast Media/Media Fast)

«Teaching Truly is an incredible resource for staff in our schools who work with both Native and non-Native students. We will be using it.» (Elliot Washor, Ed.D., Co-director, Big Picture Learning)

«In contrasting Western and Indigenous ways, Four Arrows is hard on the West, but that is because there is so much at stake. Under the circumstances, it is most expedient to take the merits of the Western way as a given and to focus on the imbalances it has created. He is sincere in his proposal that teachers look for ways to partner Western and Indigenous perspectives, and this book explains why and how to do it.» (Robert Lewis (Rafiq), author of Gaj: The End of Religion)

«In Teaching Truly Four Arrows draws a frighteningly accurate map of the known world, and the spiritual and material collapse that’s upon us: death and destruction at the heart of the liberal techno/imperial/capitalist juggernaut. Drawing on ancient and Indigenous ways of being and knowing Four Arrows offers a contemporary guide to what is to be done, and illuminates a path toward a future where schools might play a powerful role in truth-seeking, repair, and renewal for all children, youth, families, and teachers. After an encounter with Four Arrows, I reflected with renewed energy on the urgent questions that drive free people in pursuit of enlightenment and liberation: What are we? Why are we here? Where are we headed? How shall we live? What kind of world can we hope to inhabit? This handbook for teachers is a vibrant and essential text for anyone who wants to understand the broad dimensions of the mess we’re in and pursue a wise and practical pathway forward.» (William Ayers, author of Teaching Toward Freedom, Teaching the Taboo, and To Teach: The Journey in Comics)

«Teaching Truly is a masterful and liberatory book that not only moves between theory and practice but makes teaching a vocation of the highest order. Ever mindful of history and the context of teaching, this beautifully written book deals with the complexity of teaching in a language that is as accessible as it is insightful. This is a book that should be read by all educators and anyone interested in education.» (Henry Giroux, author of Education and the Crisis of Public Values)

«Four Arrows is a combination of a visionary, a dreamer and a truth teller. While he is grounded in the realities of our global situations, and thus moves obstacles and creates better situational realities for the peoples he works with and for, he is motivated by a peaceful truth that radiates from the core of his being. If you are willing to listen and hear what might make you think and feel in an alternative capacity, Four Arrows is the gentle-hearted, educated soul to guide your path.» (Heidi Maston, Editorial Board, International Journal of Science and internationally known distance education consultant)

«Four Arrows has cut to the core in Teaching Truly. Doing more than overcoming the omissions, misinterpretations, and outright fictionalization of our culture, traditions and spirituality that have been taught in American schools, he has put together generalizable teachings for specific subjects in ways that can point education toward achieving a more balanced world.» (Tim Giago, Nanwica Kciji (Stands Up for Them), author of The Aboriginal Sin, Notes from Indian Country, Volumes I and II and Children Left Behind)

Series

Critical Praxis and Curriculum Guides. Vol. 3
General Editors: Shirley R. Steinberg and Priya Parmar