Cross-Cultural Education in New Zealand
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The paper examines the article "Achieving Cultural Integrity in Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand", where authors Russell Bishop and Ted Glynn address the failures of the education system in New Zealand. The paper discusses the underlying sense of cultural superiority and domination that exists in the relationship between the dominant pakeha culture and the Maori people, and how this leads to the marginalization and poor academic performance of the Maori children. The paper shows how the educational system must be revamped if it is to be effective for the indigenous Maori peoples, using progressive programs such as the Kohanga Ro.
From the Paper:"The intent of this article is to relate the underlying sense of cultural superiority and domination that exists in the relationship between the pakeha and the Maori. The origins of this pattern can be found in New Zealand's colonial past. In 1840, both European colonists and the Maori signed the Treaty of Waitangi, but the two groups had very different expectations and aspirations as to the Treaty's results. To the Maori, the Treaty represented a chance to become involved in governmental decision-making and have control over their own affairs. These goals were not to be realized, as the pakeha power structure continued to dominate the Maori economically and politically, despite the intentions of social equality and justice laid out in the Treaty. This is evidenced in the low scholastic performance of Maori children when compared to pakeha children."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Russell Bishop and Ted Glynn 1999. "Achieving Cultural Integrity in Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand." In Culture Counts: Changing Power Relations in Education. Dunmore Press Limited: Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Cite this Persuasive Essay:
Cross-Cultural Education in New Zealand (2010, October 15) Retrieved November 12, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/persuasive-essay/cross-cultural-education-in-new-zealand-144900/
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