New high school history classes to highlight Quebec nationalism

Education minister Marie Malavoy (left) and premier Pauline Marois.

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.

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  1. 1mohawkview posted on 02/28/2014 02:07 PM
    This should be interesting. *; )
    I wonder how they are going to spin the October crisis.
  2. Sly posted on 02/28/2014 02:41 PM
    Am I mistaken or is this the same Mme. Malavoy that was nabbed voting twice a few years ago?
    Will they be changing M.Laport'e death from suicide back to murder ?
    Just wondering
    1. chuck posted on 03/02/2014 06:29 AM
      @Sly Its interesting that any series of events can be rewritten for political purposes such as what the PQ is trying to do. Therefore the october crisis and the death of pierre laporte could become just another chapter involving freedom fighters for the independence of quebec. Reality of events will take a back seat for their political aims. It will be a new age of disinformation and students will never know the truth. The PQ has become very sinister in my opinion.
  3. joeN posted on 02/28/2014 02:48 PM
    Let the brainwashing commence! Revisionist history 101, deny the past, invent the rest to suit the seperatist desires.
  4. Willie posted on 02/28/2014 03:16 PM
    There is no Quebec nation. It's Canada!

    Suck it up separatists. The French were hung over from drinking at the Plains of Abraham and loss their title on the 13th of September 1759. The battle lasted 15 minutes!! It's done! The Treaty of Paris, also known as the Treaty of 1763, was signed on 10 February 1763. It's done! Thank Montcalm for that.
    Anything a leader in that Quebec assembly does to underpin the treaty should be treated as TREASON!!! Do you want war again?
  5. yvesj posted on 02/28/2014 03:59 PM
    When I was in French school back in the 60's they all were teaching us how bad English people were by portraying only one side of the history of our two solitude.

    Why did the generation that followed been have taught any differently in a better objective matter?

    So we all are suffering from this pitiful indoctrination of our youth within the francophone community, now the government want to extend this to our anglophone and especially to the allophone community!
  6. JG posted on 02/28/2014 05:14 PM
    The brain washing has long been there. Most teachers are separatists. Now they can reinforce their ideology even more, with the government's blessing. No wonder it is always the us vs them mentality. It starts at a young age. Sad.
  7. Joe posted on 02/28/2014 06:13 PM
    Wonder how they will explain that Quebec is one of the poorest provinces due the fact that the Parti Quebecois racist thinking has chased away many companies and had a massive brain drain, that is why our schools have tennis balls under them because we cannot afford good chairs, at least in the English schools that is!!!!!
    Then they will come to chapter 2, the Rose brothers were murderers and they all still Saints in the Pure Laines eyes, and so and so on. Jeez I hate to meet the kids in the future after this history lesson.
  8. Gord posted on 02/28/2014 06:26 PM
    We can already write the next chapter if these clowns don't get voted out! Welcome to Montreal....the Detroit of Canada.
  9. mp posted on 03/01/2014 08:36 AM
    Not to worry about this.. Not many kids like History..I hope they talk about the Catholic church and how it kept them down and how they didn't believe in contraceptives because the priest want more kids..I hope it brings up how the priest were pedophiles and abuse little boys... Hope they say how the church stole their lands and sold the lands for millions of dollars which the french people help to buy and now the religious are selling convents, resorts etc not giving it back to the people....The French Quebecois have been screwed and with this government and all it's promises they are really screwed.. I guess the english have to go to St. Joseph 's Oratory to pray for a miracle.. By the way it's the ST. Croix brother' s that own it..
  10. More BS posted on 03/01/2014 10:46 AM
    Ignorance breeds ignorance.
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