ERIC Number: EJ1218214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
The Pedagogical Impartiality Requirement in Quebec's Ethics and Religious Culture Curriculum: Is It Consistent with Teacher Autonomy and Charter Rights?
McGill Journal of Education, v54 n1 p11-27 2019
Quebec's Ethics and Religious Culture program (ERC) requires teachers to adopt a professional stance of pedagogical impartiality. This article examines the complex regulatory framework surrounding the impartiality requirement from the perspectives of teachers' legally recognized right to professional autonomy, their constitutional rights to religious freedom and freedom of expression, and the related issue of impartiality as a pedagogical device when teaching about controversial issues. The paper's brief review of the jurisprudence does not support a decisive answer to the question of whether the legal basis of the impartiality ERC's impartiality requirement is sound. However, it does reveal that the impartiality requirement is more legally fragile than it might appear at first glance.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethics, Teacher Behavior, Professional Autonomy, Civil Rights, Freedom of Speech, Teaching Methods, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Legal Responsibility, Curriculum, Religious Education, Beliefs, Teacher Role, Religion
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Canada