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Re: overseas teaching

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Christine Merriam (ktwnldy.az.us)
Sun, 12 Oct 1997 17:25:36 +0000


Maggie White wrote:
I somehow missed the original post but get the gist from this
response. Have you
considered teaching on a reservation? I have for 14 years and love it
here; plus, it
would give you a really good idea of what it's like to live in a
foreign country. I've
done a lot of traveling in Mexico, and that's what this place reminds
me of: very
different culture/mores/language/values, somewhat isolated, and you
can't drink the
water!

Christine M., you're on the rez north of me--don't you agree?
******************
Yep!
Many people do not know that the third world is alive and well all
over the US on reservations. The kids I teach are awesome, and I have
learned lots about a totally foreign culture (Navajo). There are pros
and cons to it... clean air, lots less traffic.... no voting rights in
my community, I cannot have my own home, I have to live on the school
compound with people I see all day every day.
The thing that has kept me here for 23 years is the great kids. I
talk to people who leave and they all miss the kids... but we are
seeing more and more urban vices drift our way too. I think my 14 year
old daughter is very much like her cousins who live in cities. But
just like art, nothing is stagnant, change is the one constant in our
lives.... sheesh I am getting philosophical.
Later!
Chris Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School


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