Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Canadian First Nations Schools Will Not Release Test Scores

Canadian First Nations aboriginal schools cite "cultural insensitivity" as the reason for not releasing scores from the province of Alberta's 2005 Grades 3 and 6 achievement tests. Mel Buffalo, head of the Indian Association of Alberta, said test results would enforce stereotypes about Canadian aboriginals without providing context. "It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out what the result is going to be." He said aboriginal curriculum must be developed based on Canadian First Nations' cultural and spiritual traditions. "The point is that we have a lot of people who maybe are not within the normal curve because of the cultural appropriateness of the test," Buffalo said. With aboriginal youth truancy and crimes rising in Canada, Canadian aboriginal leaders hope a curriculum sensitive to the Canadian aboriginal lifestyle will help them turn the tide.

For some aboriginal culture, see Canadian Aboriginal Art at Free Spirit Gallery.

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