“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” -Sitting Bull
TCSD is deeply committed to developing students as both ambassadors of their culture and as global citizens. In our schools, students learn about Lakota history and culture as they learn the content and skills they will need to be self-sufficient and responsible world citizens – whether they choose to remain on the reservation or go elsewhere. Our schools celebrate – and validate – the differing “gifts” bestowed upon each of us. We acknowledge and accommodate different interests, different learning styles, different learning rates, different kinds of intelligence, and different ways of knowing.
“Are we forming children who are only capable of learning what is already known or should we try to develop creative and innovative minds?” -Jean Piaget
We emphasize that our culture and our times demand more of students than that they be well informed, and thus we join Martin Haberman in his rejection of the pedagogy of poverty: “overly directive, mind-numbing, mundane, useless, anti-intellectual acts” such as packets, over reliance on worksheets, rote learning, and a narrowing of curriculum forced by high-stakes test prep. We expect school in all its aspects – its teaching, its texts, and its assessment – to create learning experiences which foster creativity, discovery, thoughtfulness, empathy, commitment, and joy.
Unkita wakanyeja ta woihanble ki lena unkoyuspapi nahan awanunyankeapi kete: And we ALL shall be the catchers and protectors of our children’s dreams: A vision for the future. -TCSD