W2018 GDPI-PME 811-002

W2018 GDPI-PME 811-002 Innovation in Teaching and Learning – Post #9

March 6, 2018

Throughout this course, I am learning about the Canadian education system. The history of the Canadian education system is quite an interesting one. Based on the reading, “Foreign Influences on Curriculum and Curriculum Policy Making in Canada” by George Tomkins, the Canadian education system was heavily influenced by Europe and America. Quebec, in particular, has a very distinct educational system from the rest of Canada.
All of the external influences have almost created Canada’s identity in the education system. The well-known Canadian scholar, Egerton Ryerson, help build a curriculum from the ground up. By combining and understanding the different systems from Europe and America, he helped create an effective system. Although the education system in Canada is successful, it makes me wonder that is it really Canada that created the successful system, or Europe and America?
Many techniques and content of Canada’s education system were borrowed from Europe and America, so I wonder where the solid Canadian identify stems from.
I’m not sure how Canada’s education curriculum has evolved over the recent years, but I do know that technology has contributed recently to education. The use of technology in the education system however, originated in other countries before Canada. For example, computer science has been a mandatory subject in schools in England, whereas, it is optional in Canada — although making it mandatory is currently a work in progress.
My question in response to this post is, aside from Canadian history, what other subjects or learning methods are known to be solely recognized as “Canadian”?

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