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Old guard update: differing views: goodbye to all that.

Canadian history is dead, the victim of political correctness and poor teaching systems. Because a nation which forgets its past has no future, and the hyphenated character of today's Canada is a spawning ground for ghettos, we can say goodbye to the sense of the past which has bound Canadians together for 130 years.

If a book were written about the study of Canadian military history in schools, it would be the slimmest volume on record. In the few areas where it is taught, military events are overshadowed by a 1990's anti-war perspective. In Ontario this is reinforced by a demand nothing be taught which will offend any ethnic or national group. National TV programs are fond of detailing the experience of Japanese and Japanese-Canadians in Canadian camps, but we seldom see a documentary on what Canadian POWs suffered in Japan.

A national survey showed that 25 per cent of students think Canada's enemies in WWI were Russia, France and England. A number also opted for the United States. A pre-law course in Toronto had never heard of Winston Churchill but the more astute of the future judges knew that Churchill was a city street.

A Statistic Canada report indicates that Ontario trails other provinces in student literacy. The author, Professor Douglas Willams, has come up with an answer which reflects the sad state of history and education in Canada. His solution is not to raise the level of poor performers or segregate groups of different levels of literacy.

He recommends bringing things down to the lowest common denominator by taking a "learning for all" approach to education.

And that should do it...not only for history, but for any form of education.
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