Tribes eye plan for flexibility under No Child Left Behind

| June 17, 2015

By Aubrey Rumore • Cronkite NewsNavajo-Hopi Observer

WASHINGTON – The way Navajo Nation Council Delegate Lee Jack Sr. sees it, “God gave us different ways to speak, God gave us different ways to live.”

It stands to reason, then, that we should have different ways to teach, he said.

“The Native kids need to know where they come from, they need to know their history,” Jack said in response to a new plan to give tribes flexibility under the No Child Left Behind so that Native schools can include more of their history and culture in their curricula.

Jack said he was not sure if the Navajo would take advantage of the plan, but generally liked the idea – a reaction shared by educators and tribal officials across Arizona, even as some worried about setting a different set of standards for Native youth.

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