Spirit Lake has multiplication word problems
In nearly 30 years teaching and consulting on American Indian reservations, I’ve seen a dismaying number of failures to provide a good education. In the movie, Mask, the mother of a boy with a noticeable physical disfigurement is trying to register him for middle school. The principal says,  Perhaps a […]

Failing Native American students: Let me count the ways

Spirit Lake - game teaching multiplication, division and Dakota history
Several years ago, Dr. Erich Longie and I participated in an analysis of the NIES database where we found that the more native youth learned their culture and language in school, the worse their math scores. This finding held true even when we controlled for socioeconomic indicators like mother’s education. […]

Including Native American culture in your math class