Test question asking about “positive effect” of residential schools sparks furor 

October 3, 2018

An online social studies question from the Alberta Distance Learning Centre that asked students about the “positive effect” of residential schools in Canada has drawn backlash. Alberta Education Minister David Eggen has apologized for the question and told Alberta Education to review material used by the Alberta Distance Learning Centre to ensure that the use of such “hateful material” is immediately discontinued. “I was appalled to see such hurtful and offensive material given to an Alberta student,” Eggen said in an emailed statement. “There is no excuse for it—and there is no place for it in our schools.” University of Alberta ATEP Associate Director Angela Wolfe called the question “disturbing” and “highly disrespectful.” CBC | APTN