Teaching philosophies show how teachers commit to the students, content, schools, and places we teach in honest and correct ways. But what types of teaching philosophies help change the individualistic, materialistic, and imperialistic nature of education?
In Cherokee, ᏚᏳᏙᏛ /duyugodv/ can mean honest, correct, and right. It's a word found in Cherokee concepts like axiom, dictum, and committed.* ᏚᏳᏙᏛ /duyugodv/ is also found in this Cherokee Lifeway: ᏚᏳᎪᏛ ᏗᏝ ᏕᏣᏓᏐᎮᎮᏍᏗ /duyugodv ditla detsadasohehesdi/ Direct one another in the right way. So the question becomes, what axioms might teachers have in their philosophies if they're committed to decolonizing education?
Long recognized for his outstanding teaching that follows a tribal philosophy, Comanche professor of American Indian Studies at Portland State College, Cornel Pewewardy recently spoke at the National Congress of American Indians. He offered this teaching philosophy that directs teachers in honest and correct ways to decolonize education. I thank Richard Allen for passing these along.
Markers for Engaged Pedagogy in Indigenous Nations Studies
By Cornel Pewewardy
Models of change, change agents, teaching, learning, expressive tools, and everyday struggles for dignity, resources, respect, and cultural perseverance.