L'histoire avec un grand «H»

Vaste sujet, que celui de l'histoire avec un grand «H». Cette matière, qu'un élève de 4e secondaire doit réussir pour obtenir son diplôme d'études secondaires, revêt une importance toute particulière au Québec. Comme son nom le dit, le cours Histoire et éducation à la citoyenneté en 3e et 4e secondaire a notamment pour objectif d'amener les élèves à interroger et interpréter les réalités sociales dans une perspective historique, ainsi qu'à consolider l'exercice de sa citoyenneté. L'examen que devront effectuer demain les élèves de 4e secondaire s'est ajusté au fil des ans. Avant 2008, les questions à choix multiples ou à réponses courtes étaient la norme pour évaluer le cours Histoire du Québec et du Canada. Mais depuis l'an dernier, l'examen colle davantage à l'esprit de la réforme. Ce n'est pour l'instant qu'une épreuve d'appoint suggérée par le ministère de l'Éducation.

Voici quelques exemples de questions tirées d'examens d'histoire de l'an dernier:

- À l'aide de documents fournis, les élèves doivent répondre en 250 mots à la question suivante: Le pouvoir exercé par l'État sur les groupes d'influence en Nouvelle-France augmente-t-il ou diminue-t-il entre 1608 et 1760?

- À l'aide des interprétations de François-Xavier Garneau et de Marcel Trudel (décrite dans des textes remis à l'élève), quelle est la situation de l'esclavage en Nouvelle-France selon ces deux historiens?
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  • Chris G. Eustace - Abonné 16 juin 2010 10 h 48

    Breaking News : the English Grade 10 history exam - 2010

    June 16, 2010



    Breaking news


    There is a story breaking out today on a CJAD "news exclusive" concerning the Grade 10 English history exam.

    Actually, the story starts with a Gazette op-ed piece on June 12, titled: "Grade 10 exam smells like propaganda."

    On reading the piece, one would think the Quebec govt. - the Education Ministry - via a "sovereignist bureaucrat" composed it.

    CJAD radio describes the exam as having a "sovereignist bent" to it.

    English people/parents are upset. Today's Gazette has two letters to the editor from parents of Grade 10 students who wrote the exam.

    Their letters are under the heading: "Exam extols PQ's vision of Quebec."

    As it turns out, it was three English school boards who composed the exam: the Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the English Montreal, the Lester B. Pearson school board - and they are defending it.


    Can you imagine? We are talking about 16 year old children being asked about "Quebec being a nation."

    This reminds me of an event organized by the St. Jean Baptiste Society, in 1999, at the Vieux Munich at the corner of Rene Levesque and St. Denis.

    In those days, the history exam composed of 50 multiple-choice questions based on what the kids really learned all year in class...

    It was the custom of the SJBS to hold an event that would reward students - French and English - who got 100 per cent on the exam. Well, in 1999, my youngest son got 100 per cent and he was invited. We went and had a lot of fun...



    All that said one has to wonder what was the role of the English school commissioners in this very controversial matter?... After all, they have education committees... Where were they?... Did they know?

    It is apparent that the elected English school boards are a menace to the English education community... They are irrelevant - a costly embarrassment.

    Merci

    Chris Eustace


    (A kind French lady translated this piece for me.)


    http://www.citesnouvelles.com/Opinion/Editorial/20
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  • Chris G. Eustace - Abonné 20 juin 2010 20 h 55

    L' histoire avec un grand «H» - An update

    June 20, 2010



    L’ histoire avec un grand «H» - An update


    Further to the “Breaking News” réaction above:

    The Gazette, June 19 - letters to the editor under the heading: «Grade 10 exam disgusts readers»

    Three letters:

    «Contained significant errors» ;

    «Competent? Really?» and

    «‘They know who they are’»

    ................................................

    CJAD radio replays on June 19 portions of its “ news exclusive” program of June 16 mentioned in above réaction : “Breaking News.”

    Anyway, let’s look at this exam . The following is from the CJAD site:

    “History exam questions

    The test developed by the English Montreal, Lester B. Pearson, and Sir Wilfred Laurier school boards is made of four tasks.

    Task 1
    Make an observation about some visions of Québec as a nation.
    Write a paragraph of approximately 50 - 100 words.

    Task 2
    Formulate three questions about some visions of Québec as a nation.

    Task 3
    What makes Québec distinct?
    How can Québec protect its distinct status?

    Task 4
    Justify your opinion on protecting Quebec's distinct society.
    Answer the question: "Will the recognition of Québec as a nation help protect Québec's distinct society?"

    .......................................................

    Quite a contrast from the example questions in the «L’ histoire avec un grand «H» article above.

    Is it not?

    Merci,


    Chris Eustace
    Montreal