The Canadian History Report Card: Curriculum Analysis of High Schools in Canada



    
    The Dominion Institute finds that too many provinces and territories do
    not take Canadian History seriously
    

    TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - As the end of the school year approaches, the
Dominion Institute releases The Canadian History Report Card, a curriculum
analysis of high schools in Canada. The Institute has assigned each province
and territory a grade based on the quality of its Canadian history curriculum
at the high school level (grades 9-12).
    The Canadian History Report Card (http://report-card.dominion.ca)
revealed that:

    
      -  Four provinces failed and received an 'F'.

      -  No province received an 'A'.

      -  Only four provinces - Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Nova
         Scotia - require Canadian history as a mandatory course in high
         school. The others do not.

      -  Most provinces simply offer courses in "social studies", catch-all
         courses which generally ignore Canadian history (with the notable
         exception of British Columbia).
    

    "The findings are, simply put, troubling," said Marc Chalifoux, Executive
Director of the Dominion Institute. "Too many provinces and territories do not
take seriously the teaching of Canadian history. It is little wonder that so
many students graduate from high school without a basic knowledge of our
country's past."
    Grades were assigned by the Institute based on an analysis of the
curriculum requirements, as well as the content covered and the skills
developed.
    Provinces received the following grades:

    
      Quebec:               B+  (1st place)
      British Columbia:     B   (2nd place)
      Ontario:              B   (3rd place)
      Manitoba:             B-  (4th place)
      Nova Scotia:          C+  (5th place)
      New Brunswick:        C-  (6th place)
      Alberta:              F   (7th place)
      Saskatchewan:         F   (8th place)
      Newfoundland and
       Labrador:            F   (9th place - tied)
      Prince Edward Island: F   (9th place - tied)

    Territories received the following grades:

      Yukon:                B   (1st place)
      Nunavut:              D   (2nd place)
      Northwest
       Territories:         F   (3rd place)
    

    The report also proposes seven policy recommendations to improve Canadian
history curricula across the country.
    "The Dominion Institute hopes to kick-start a wide-ranging debate on the
teaching of Canadian history to the next generation of citizens," added Marc
Chalifoux. "We are inviting all Canadians who are as concerned about this
issue as we are to visit our website and sign a petition demanding better
history education in high school."
    Visit http://report-card.dominion.ca to download the full report, view
detailed results by province/territory and to sign the petition.

    The Dominion Institute (www.dominion.ca) is a national charitable
organization that seeks to create more active and engaged citizens through a
greater knowledge and appreciation of the Canadian story





For further information:

For further information: Marc Chalifoux, Executive Director, (416)
602-9721 (cell), marc@dominion.ca


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