Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Teaching about Canada

Teaching about Canada This is an essay with some good ideas on how to teach about Canada in American classrooms. This includes ideas for history.

From the site:

Canada's evolution to independence presents an interesting contrast to the American revolutionary beginnings, which may be examined in standard United States history courses. The high school history student can examine the French colonization period and notice that French culture is more evident in Canada because of the French heritage of Quebec. Canadian roles in the War of 1812 and in the American Civil War have interesting ramifications in both countries. Canadian participation in World War I and World War II also offers useful comparisons to United States history students.

Government classes may benefit greatly from comparison of the political institutions of the two countries--the similarities and differences of presidential and parliamentary systems. The electoral process, systems of federalism, and constitutional development in both countries should also be valuable objects of comparison.

In world history courses, emphasis upon Canada's assumption of a leading role in the British Commonwealth and LA FRANCOPHONIE is an effective way to illustrate the transition of former colonial possessions into independent nations. The political positions of Canada also more often reflect "third world" interests than do he United States.

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