Taiwan Church News
June 15 - 21, 2015
What Should An Aboriginal Curriculum Guideline Be Like?
Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong
Among recent hot debates and upheavals of curriculum guidelines in Taiwan society, the problems of what an aboriginal curriculum guideline should like and how could it be done started to attract the attention of the Taiwan public and aboriginal society.
On June 11, there was a seminar, hold by Indigenous Research and Development Center of National Taiwan Normal University, discussing what kinds of aboriginal content with an autonomy-aware curriculum guideline should be like?
Prof Wang Ya-ping, associate professor of department of ethnology from National Chengchi University, pointed out that it is relatively easy for the Taiwan aboriginals to set up their own education guidelines based on current legal frameworks: Local Self-Government Laws, Education Act for Indigenous Peoples and The Indigenous Peoples Basic Laws.
Advantaged in legal stipulations, though, Wang said the main obstacles obstructing the realization of a relatively free aboriginal educations were: a mainstream education system dominated by Han-culture, ignorance of aboriginal cultures(even in academicians and experts) and the worry of trying an distinctively aboriginal education and then the aboriginal would be distanced from Taiwan society.
Contrasting with the successful example of the Mauri in New Zealand, who are endowed and respected with a distinctive education system and curriculum guidelines, Wang lamented that many education experts in the Committee of Curriculum Development of the Ministry of Education, in which she served as one of the committee members in 2008, did not even know the existence of the Education Act for Indigenous Peoples. Worse is that these education experts from Han-culture showed their contempt of the existence of any writing culture in aboriginal societies, which is so crucial to the survival of the aboriginal society.
Translated by Peter Wolfe
Followings the hot debate of curriculum guidelines in high school, issues of the aboriginal autonomy-education and her curriculum guidelines started to attract the attention of Taiwan public and aboriginal societies. A seminar of the aboriginal education and curriculum guidelines, sponsored by Indigenous Research and Development Center of National Taiwan Normal University, was held on June 11, 2015.
Photo by Chiu Kuo-rong