English teachers group concerned about new history course

English teachers federation concerned about new history courses

The Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers (QPAT) is also expressing concerns about the consultation process that ends this Sunday for the Marois government's new school history courses.

Richard Goldfinch, president of the federation of teachers in the English public school system representing 8,000 members, told CJAD 800 News that the timeframe is very short.

"We're wondering how honest the whole thing is quite honestly. It really is such a short turnaround period, it hasn't been well-publicized, do they already have in mind where they're going with this? Mmm, you might want to fill in that blank, yes," Goldfinch said.

Goldfinch said they're also concerned the process may result in too narrow a scope in the curriculum. He said they'd also like to have seen more viewpoints on the committee in charge of reforming the classes, which currently consists of one historian and one sociologist. CJAD 800 News has already reported that there were concerns the process may be strongly influenced by a pro-independence pressure group.

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  1. marKR posted on 12/20/2013 02:07 PM
    Quebec is starting to look more and more like the former communist russia.
    The state dictates what is acceptable, what we should wear, what language we must communicate amonst ourselves, reprogramming our history....
  2. Patrick posted on 12/20/2013 03:24 PM
    1984 anyone?
  3. wayne hawthorne posted on 12/20/2013 03:39 PM
    It is noble to present honest history, but we are too late. The French Quebecers have been rewriting history for time-immemorial. Jesuit Lionel Giroux was hired to re-write history to depict the French as victims of the Anglos. Traitor and murderer Louis Riel was elevated to hero status. Protestant Samuel Champlain has been championed as the first person to have established a colony in what is now Canada as a fait accompli. Again nothing is further from the truth. You have to go many miles back in history to find an honest and firm foundation.
    1. Dave posted on 12/21/2013 09:22 PM
      @wayne hawthorne Sorry, Wayne, but I very much doubt that Lionel Groulx was a Jesuit. I Googled this and found nothing to support your claim.
      Of course, Pierre Elliot Trudeau had a Jesuit education. But I doubt you'd confuse the two.
      So, let's see the proof about Groulx, svp.
  4. Kari posted on 12/20/2013 04:01 PM
    This is how arrogant our government is.
    They actually think they can change history????
    I worry about what will be taught in years to come in history classes...................the fall of Quebec and exactly why.
    1. Dave posted on 12/21/2013 09:25 PM
      @Kari They don't need to change history, Kari -- just the perception of it.
      They've been doing this for a long time, too, and mentioning Canada only when Quebec was at odds with it (conscription crises, etc...).
  5. Matador posted on 12/21/2013 02:40 AM
    Welcome to the new Ministry of Truth, where we've rewritten history so many times, we're not quite sure how it actually played out anymore...
  6. James posted on 12/21/2013 03:01 PM
    History text books are ideally based on fact, especially recent history. They should not be up for interpretation nor should they have a political slant. There is no after the fact in regards to this matter. Parents and (scholars) Schoolboards ultimately have an easy decision to make: If its not acceptable, don't teach it.
  7. Sic posted on 12/23/2013 06:25 PM
    First limit their access to education, then teach a confiluted history . What a country they would form.
  8. More BS posted on 12/28/2013 07:24 AM
    Children of the damned.
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