Newly revised history course to be taught in schools this fall
Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017 6:47PM EDT
The provincial government has approved a controversial new high school history course following what is being described as minor changes to the curriculum.
The new course was launched by the Parti Quebecois government of 2014 and was supposed to be a more inclusive look at how people of all ethnicities built Quebec.
Instead the course rarely mentions non-francophones.
In the initial version of the course, taught as a pilot project for two years, anglophones were considered a source of conflict in Quebec.
That prompted a demand for revisions, but critics said a conservative group of separatists managed to get control of that process.
Teachers and parents launched an online petition to demand a more inclusive curriculum, saying that negative acts of older regimes should be included -- but that they should be balanced with the reality that very few anglophones were business elites, and that Black and Indigenous people were kept as slaves during the French regime.
Following yet another revision, the course has been approved for all grade nine and 10 students in Quebec.
The Quebec Community Groups Network said teachers should still go beyond the basic textbook.
"We still have to be vigilant about this curriculum. This curriculum will be taught well in our English schools because we will have the resources," said Sylvia Martin-Laforge.
"What we would hope to see is that our community, both our community and the Indigenous community, will be well represented in the francophone system as well."
She suggested teachers use historical documents, including newspaper articles, to give students a broader perspective on history in Quebec.