Schooling and the Hubris of the Settlers

  • A. J. Jaffe


Some system for transmitting the knowledge of the elders to their children is required by all Homo sapiens and probably all hominids. Each successive generation cannot reinvent the wheel. Some forms of behavior may be passed on from parent to offspring by biological mechanisms. But in Homo most behavior and information must be passed on by what we call today schools. This is true of Homo in the remote past as well as today. Techniques for making fire, knapping stones to produce arrowheads and knives, stalking edible animals and finding edible plants—all forms of activity required for survival had to be learned by the young. All young went to school.


Twentieth Century Native People Mixed Ancestry Indian School Ancestry Group 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. J. Jaffe
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.National Museum of the American IndianNew YorkUSA

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