Russell Means has a New Zealand Maori Connection.
In the early ’90s he visited New Zealand and was much impressed by the Kohanga reo, or total immersion Maori language schools.
So impressed that Means established a similar school for Lakota children on the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota.
The T.R.E.A.T.Y. Total Immersion School in an innovative solution to a centuries old challenge.
• How to educate our children with joy, respect and wonder.
• How to instill in children self-respect and ignite the spark of life long learning.
It is based on the successes achieved by the Total Immersion School experience of the Maori Peoples in New Zealand. This unique program created a revolutionary approach to teaching by focusing on culturally centered private schools for grades K through 3 for the indigenous population.
Total Immersion into the root cuture’s language, art, dance, music, science and oral tradition grounded the children in their identity and rich heritage. The self-esteem engendered through these private schools empowered the Maori children to succeed at the top levels of academia and athletics after they entered public schools.
The successes were so remarkable the government of New Zealand adopted the concept throughout the country and established over 180 Kindergarten through third grade Immersion Schools.
Kohanga Reo are in my view, a form of Apartheid and a nursery for Maori seperatism and revolution.
No wonder Russell Means thinks they are so worth copying.