Native Village Youth and Education News

March 1, 2009 Issue 195 Volume 2


Hopi students learn about technology
Stan Bindell
Condensed by Gina Boltz, Director, Native Village


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Albert Sinquah, Anjeanette Sangster, and Lucille Sidney and Paul Sidney recently represented Hopi Jr. and Sr. High Schools at a technology conference in Washington D.C.  Speaker Dan Glickman, president of the Motion Picture Association, said educators must find ways to use technology to keep students interested. Lucille Sidney agreed.

"We can't get the national papers on a daily basis," she said adding that technology is especially important in remote areas like Hopi.

Hopi High School's Internet service and speed are as good as Northern Arizona University, Sidney said. She would, however, like to see more student and teacher training on using the Internet as a resource.  Paul Sidney, a Hopi police officer and Lucille's husband, added that sometimes Hopis are afraid technology will infringe on their culture.

"We need to be open minded and not limit our children on how they learn," he said. "There's nothing on the computer that's anti-Hopi."

Praise was also given to President Barack Obama for  encouraging inclusion and higher ethical standards. "If young people believe in the system, they are more likely to participate," Glickman said.

Paul Sidney agreed. He said Obama inspired youth to vote for the first time, and that he helps people from diverse backgrounds.  "This president makes it easier for our kids to go to college because there's less discrimination," he said. He was also thrilled that Glickman referred to agricultural workers as warriors because they are responsible for feeding people.

Glickman also said education is a factor in finding success, and that the role of parents comes first and teachers second.  He referred to the movie Schindler's List where the hero is told that "if you saved one life then you saved the world." He feels teachers do this every day.


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