ERIC Number: ED197454
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Franco-Ontarian Elementary and Secondary Education [L'Education Franco-Ontarienne aux Niveaux Elementaire et Secondaire].
Dixon, R. T.; Lecuyer, Andre
The Franco-Ontarian curriculum was greatly strengthened in Ontario's elementary and secondary schools in the 1960s. However, these gains are now threatened by declining enrollment, assimilation in the home, economic pressures, population displacement, lack of accessible French institutions of higher education, and exogamy. Responses to a questionnaire sent to all school boards in the province reveal that Franco-Ontarian students do not enjoy the same broad course offerings as their anglophone counterparts and, where francophone students form a majority, they are often integrated with anglophone students and forced to study in English. This paper urges that declining enrollment not be used as a pretext for retrenchment in French education. The comprehensive recommendations are aimed at strengthening and preserving Ontario's French culture and curriculum. Charts, maps, and a copy of the questionnaire with analysis are appended. (Author/WD)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Biculturalism, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Students, Declining Enrollment, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, French, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Non English Speaking, Retrenchment
Publications Centre, Ministry of Government Services, 880 Bay St., 5th Floor, Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1N8 Canada (English version: Record No. ON01548/CODE00330; $1.00 microfiche; French version: Record No. ON01549/CODE00331; $1.00 microfiche).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Declining School Enrolments in Ontario, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada