QC decides not to alter high school history curriculum

December 12, 2018

The Government of Quebec has decided to not change the high school history curriculum and order new textbooks, despite a recent review that found it had failed to properly reflect the province’s diversity. Education Minister Jean-François Roberge argued that “history will always be subject to debate” and stated that the current textbooks have already been revised after “many consultations with the Indigenous and anglophone community.” The previous QC government altered the textbooks at the cost of $1.6M, which was dismissed as costly and unnecessary by several commentators in the French language media. Wilfrid Laurier University Emeritus Professor Terry Copp suggested that if the textbooks are not replaced, the school board should draft a supplementary teaching document to fill the gaps and draw upon the historical ideas that developed out of the experience of different communities. CBC (QC)