The Ontario history curriculum must include minority struggles & contributions.

The Ontario history curriculum must include minority struggles & contributions.

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Bella M started this petition to Stephen Lecce (Ontario Minister of Education) and

   The Ontario Curriculum has to change. We should have lessons on diversity, equity and inclusion ingrained into the curriculum. Schools having the occasional guest speaker come in is not enough. These issues are so important. Learning these topics should be mandatory. 

Specific demands: 

In Grade 10 History, students should learn more about different issues specific minority groups have faced in the past. These issues include the following. 

  • Gay conversion therapy, The Disabled Rights movement in Canada.
  • Violence against trans people (specifically trans women of colour), Legalizing Gay Marriage & Gender Confirmation Surgery and Police,  Brutality towards the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of colour) community. 
  • WE NEED TO LEARN ABOUT THE FACT THAT FROM 1671-1834 SLAVERY OCCURED IN CANADA! WE CANNOT KEEP COVERING UP CANADA'S PAST. 

In Grade 9/10 Science students should learn about how minorities in the past have contributed to scientific and technological discoveries.

  • An example could be the contributions of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson to astrophysics. 

    A lot of teens will tune out guest speakers but when something is mandatory they will take in more information because they are obligated to learn. This will also hopefully help decrease ignorance and bullying in schools. This is because students will be required to learn about these issues and will realize they should care about them. This will also help young teens of different minorities see themselves reflected in the things they are learning. In conclusion, the curriculum needs to include matters relevant to current issues and historical topics should include the histories of Canada’s minority groups because they helped shaped and are shaping Canadian identity, history, culture, science and tech. 

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