Historic Application for Exemption from Attending School?This article from Touch the Earth - a historic self portrait of North American Indian existance. This article circulated in Home Education newsletters in Australia a few years ago.
On June 17th 1744 the Indians of the Six Nations were invited to send boys to William and Mary College. The next day they declined the offer as follows -
"We know that you highly esteem the kind of learning taught in those colleges, that the Maintenance of our young Men, while with you, would be very expensive to you. We are convinced, that you mean to do us good by your proposal; and we thank you heartily. But you, who are wise must know that different Nations have different Conceptions of things and you will therefore not take it amiss, if our Ideas of this kind of Education happen not to be the same as yours. We have had some Experience of if. Several of our young People were formerly brought up at the Colleges of the Northern Provinces: they were instructed in all your Sciences; but, when they came back to us, they were bad Runners, ignorant of every means of living the woods ... neither fit for Hunters, Warriors, nor Counsellors, they were totally good for nothing.
We are, however, not the less obliged by your Kind Offer, though we decline accepting it; and, to show our grateful Sense of it, if the Gentlemen of Virginia will send us a Dozen of their Sons, we will take Care of their Education, instruct them in all we know, and make Men of them."
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