MONTREAL — Quebec is unveiling details of a new course intended to replace a polarizing class on ethics and religious culture that's been taught in the province's schools for more than a decade.
Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge released highlights of the new program, dubbed Culture and Citizenship in Quebec, at a news conference this afternoon.
Roberge says the new course will teach Quebec students how to be proud members of Quebec society and will include sections on the province's judicial system, critical thinking, social media and gender equality among others.
Roberge said the class aims to provide cohesion as well as fight against sexism, racism and sexual violence.
The new program will be introduced in some schools as a pilot project in September 2022 before being fully implemented across all of the province's elementary and high schools a year later.
It will replace the current program which has been in place since 2008 and has faced years of relentless criticism from Quebec nationalists and committed secularists, who say the course put too much emphasis on multiculturalism.
The Canadian Press