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ERIC Number: EJ826472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Living Together with Differences: Quebec's New Ethics and Religious Culture Program
Bouchard, Nancy
Education Canada, v49 n1 p60-62 Win 2009
Nowadays it is generally agreed that education plays a vital role in learning to live together through the progressive discovery of others, their culture and spirituality, and through involvement in common projects. The renewed curriculum in Quebec follows this general tendency, since such learning is at the very heart of the aims targeted by the new "Quebec Education Program." The aims reinforce the vision of the Quebec Education Program as an education for living together with differences. The education that young Quebecers receive is intended to involve them in a process of reflection and questioning, not only with respect to their own world-views, their values and those of others, but also with respect to the major issues of living together in Quebec society. The implementation of the new Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) program further pursues this vision by providing a unique opportunity for young Quebecers to learn to live together with differences. By defining its goals as the recognition of others and the pursuit of the common good, the program seeks to develop students' competency to engage in dialogue about ethical and religious issues in order to better understand the different representations (particularly religious) that people have of the world and of humanity, as well as the different ways of living a moral life and promoting harmonious social relations within the community. This article discusses the ERC program and how it has been greeted with some controversy from both religious and secular perspectives. (Contains 18 notes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada