The PQ government will be trying out a new high school history course next year that will put Quebec nationalism at the forefront.
As of September, 90 grade 9 classes across the province, will be taught the course for a one year period.
This comes after a committee, created by the education minister last November, found that the way history is taught in the province is vague and students are bored.
“One of the things we want to make sure about is that this course is inclusive and reflective of the realities of Quebec within Canada, and reflective of the historical realities which include challenges, conflicts and major accomplishments involving a diversity of people in Quebec and Canada,” David Birnbaum, Executive Director of Quebec’s English School Board Association said.
Marie Malavoy, Quebec’s education minister said the new course would not be politically charged.
She said it would look at how First Nations people, Francophones, Anglophones and allophones, came together to build the nation.
The society of Quebec history teachers, one of the groups that pushed to have the curriculum changed, said it was pleased with the new one.
“It’s a real improvement for a history program, which is inclusive,” Félix Bouvier, Vice President of the society, said.
“How is it going to be in the classrooms, will have to see, but to go forward is good news.”
If the pilot project is approved, all grade 9 and 10 students will be taught the course as of 2016.
The panel also suggested a committee be made to determine how history should be taught in elementary schools.