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Reforming the Reform: A Call for a New Inclusive History Curriculum

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--April 28, 2017.

The Committee for the Enhancement of the History Curriculum in Quebec (ComECH-Quebec) will hold a press conference at 8AM on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at the English Parent’s Committee Association office (7875 Chemin de la Côte-de-Liesse). We will invite all Quebec citizens to endorse our call for a new inclusive history curriculum by signing our online petition. This petition will allow citizens to add their support to a call for change that has already been endorsed by organizations representing educators, parents and community groups.

“The horrifying events in Quebec City last January were a powerful reminder of the tragic consequences of ignorance and the hatred it breeds. Quebec’s education system must be proactive in combating such ignorance and fostering inclusive democratic values,” said ComECH-Quebec chairperson Robert Green.

The petition highlights several problems with Quebec's recently implemented history program. In the short-term it calls on government to work with school boards and key stakeholders to immediately produce supplemental pedagogical materials that address the glaring omissions in the current program. In the long-term it calls on government to begin a transparent and broad-based process of public consultation aimed at developing a truly inclusive history program with new textbooks and pedagogical resources for teachers.

"It is not acceptable that the recently implemented curriculum renders minority communities invisible, casts Anglophones in the role of comic-book villain and fails to adequately address the Calls to Action made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” said Green. “We need a history curriculum that reflects the diversity of Quebec society.”

The current program was based on consultations that were neither sufficient nor transparent. The ComECH-Quebec members believe it’s time for government to go back to the drawing board and get the process right.

The committee members feel strongly that a history curriculum that encourages students to explore a variety of viewpoints is better at developing critical thinking skills than one that renders diversity invisible while imposing a single narrative viewpoint. Learning about diverse viewpoints also helps build social cohesion aligned with values of an open and democratic society.

About the Committee for the Enhancement of the Curriculum of History in Quebec
ComECH-Quebec is an ad hoc committee created by the English Parents’ Committees Association (EPCA), Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN), the Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations (QFHSA), and the Quebec Association of Geography Teachers. The Committee is chaired by Westmount High School teacher Robert Green.

For more information contact Robert Green at 438-878-8398