UPDATED: Quebec history classes could be coming to a CEGEP near you
Quebec’s education minister Marie Malavoy announced Monday the government’s plans to improve the teaching of Quebec history in elementary school through to CEGEP.
The improvement work could begin with the implementation of a Quebec national history class mandatory to all CEGEP students.
But Pierre L'heureux who's been teaching history at Dawson College for the last 17 years says CEGEP students have enough history classes as it is.
"We have to remember that they take two years of history classes in high school and two years in grade school, so it's four years of Quebec history classes that they have taken before arriving to CEGEP."
Malavoy said that a majority of Quebecers are not satisfied with the current education of provincial history but Sarah Drouin, who speaks for the Dawson Student Union told CJAD she disagrees.
"When I hear that they want to teach Quebec history with a national point of view, it's not the right way to do it. There are so many problems with education, this is not a solution.”
The PQ government has put together a committee lead by education ministers Marie Malavoy and Pierre Duchesne that will find ways to improve the teaching of Quebec history.
Pilot projects based on their findings could be implemented in schools as of September 2014.
Federation of CEGEPs president Jean Beauchesne said a mandatory history class could be challenging to incorporate in the existing curriculum.