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Slide # 31 - Summary Slide for What Can Teachers Do?

What about Curriculum Slide #32 -

What about Curriculum?

How does what is taught in school effect the decision to dropout?

Slide #33 - What is Curriculum?

The purpose for public education must be created. Educators need to consider the reason for schools and the role that schools and the curriculum have in educating Inuit students. Traditionally, Inuit children were taught skills intended to be useful in the world of survival; curriculum reflected the immediacy of the situation. (Edge of Education)

Although, all children differ with respect to learning style and that learning style is not determined by race, it is important to consider how isolated Inuit were from the rest of the world. Until about 50 years ago, their ‘curriculum’ of education was determined by survival. Many of the Inuit ways of learning and teaching may still be a reflection of the critical skills they had to maintain and pass onto their children. In essence, it is a learn or die curriculum.

Slide #34 - What is the goal of education ?--Improving CPP improvement in the implementation of the Career and Program Plan (CPP) is one step to creating a goal for education. The curriculum intends to provide students with skills and abilities to survive in society. Although there are many reasons why students decide to leave school, it is not outrageous to believe that the choice to dropout could be influenced by the creation of appropriate CPP for individual students. In the older grades, lack of incentive is often a factor in leaving school early. Career and Program Plans could help students see the goal of their work in school and thus encourage them to continue in their programs.

Once teachers are appropriately trained to manage the expectations of CPP, students will be better able to realize their future goals and will be encouraged to remain in school to achieve them.

Slide #35 - IQ - The Bigger Picture

The most recent discussion of an Inuit curriculum uses Inuit traditional knowledge as a base. It is called Inuit Qauyimayutuqangit (IQ). IQ encompasses all aspects of traditional Inuit culture including values, world-view, language, social organization, knowledge, life skills perceptions and expectations. Elders across Nunavut believe that IQ is the tradition of passing Inuit knowledge, values and teaching onto younger generations; the knowledge of all areas of life; a system of laws, values and consultations before making important decision that affect the community all curriculum must be grounded in Inuit culture, language, heritage and traditions.

IQ recommends: a differentiation of staffing to include elders, community leaders and parents; a flexible school year calendar with consideration given to seasonal and community school plans; and, ongoing staff development in IQ. IQ is important because: Confirming the value of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit will restore Inuit pride and increase individual self-esteem. By increasing young Inuit self-esteem, some of today’s social problems such as substance abuse and even suicide will be eliminated. It is possible to believe that IQ could also have an effect on the rate of dropout?

IQ is just in the beginning stages of development but over the next ten years, the department of education for Nunavut will begin the rewriting of the K-12 school curriculum to emphasize cultural relevance and academic excellence. Time will tell if IQ will make a difference to the dropout rates of Inuit students.

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