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Whenever you are in any educational situation you are subject to perspectives and bias of the instructors In an essay entitled Indians by Jane Tompkins it discusses how different biases may reflect upon ones concept of history It is imperative to realize that when learning which generally involves someones concept of history we are consequently subject to that persons perspectives that may be a result of their upbringing In the essay Tompkins regarding history Tompkins says it concerns the difference that point of view makes when people are giving accounts of events whether at first or second hand The problem is that if all accounts of events are determined through and through by the observers frame of reference then one will never know if any given case what really happenedPg 619 The purpose of this essay is that history is a result of point of view It is both subject to the biases of the one who presents it as it is subject to the biases of the one who observes it You can then draw a similar parallel to education The point is that you learn something you are subject to the educators opinion as well as your prejudices regarding the topic This leads me to one of Tompkins main points of discussion What really is the truth As I have mentioned throughout the essay everything is subject to the opinions and prejudices of the observer When trying to decipher a fact or the truth you must realize that people may see a particular instance in many different points of view Tompkins discusses this problem and its relation to the European-Indian conflict of the 17th and 18th centuries In doing so she quotes a particular source of puritan background who considers the Indians to be brutal savages who raped and tortured their captives She then quotes someone who
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