Lack of historical knowledge threatens Canada’s future: Minister
A little too late me thinks. Fancy that – Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is concerned that the current Canadian history taught in schools is not encouraging immigrants or citizens to appreciate the country and make them grateful to be living there – instead portraying it as a country built on oppression and injustice. Ha ha – guess what Mr Kenney? This doesn’t only apply to Canada – but to ALL Western countries whose education systems are run by liberal White guilt-ridden individuals who thought twice about selling their birth countries down the river, all in the name of the one-world utopia they strive for. There really is no hope unless some countries grow a pair and start standing up to these small groups of radical activists. Standards have dropped all over the world – in education and who we are allowing to live amongst us. Parents will need to start stepping in and teaching their kids real history and life lessons – that’s the only way to ensure that these loony lefties don’t win.
OTTAWA – Immigration Minister Jason Kenney warned a conference of historians and educators that unless we do a better job of teaching history and common values, we risk social unrest in the future.
Kenney said there is a need for both native-born Canadians and newcomers to have a solid understanding of Canada’s past including our political system, and how Canada’s culture of rights and responsibilities developed.
“Can we continue to swear in 180,000 citizens every year from over 180 countries of origin if we are not sure that they have a common understanding of the country of which they are becoming full members as citizens?” Kenney said.
Speaking with reporters after his event, Kenney acknowledged that part of the problem for immigrants trying to understand Canada is that so few native-born Canadians have a grasp on the country’s history.
“That’s why the government says that ‘Discover Canada’ and our efforts to promote civic literacy have to be focused on all Canadians and not just newcomers,” Kenney said.
Discover Canada is the government’s study guide issued to help immigrants prepare for their citizenship test. It was released last year and replaced an older guide that spent little time on Canadian history but did teach would-be citizens the importance of recycling.
Kenney also took a shot at how Canadian history is often taught, saying there is too much emphasis put on social history and some recounts of Canada’s story make it sound like the country was built of oppression and injustice.
“If that indeed is the way in which we seek to teach history, no wonder that young people aren’t particularly interested,” Kenney said.
Kenney called Quebec a model for teaching history to its young people, saying that while some may quibble about how that history is presented, there is no question that students in that province are taught history.