In our media-saturated, post-truth world, people in power are trying very hard to shape our opinion. They want us to take their word and never look into things for ourselves. Take this example:
Blaise Boehmer is a communication specialist and works with Jason Kenney. Here he claims that Janet French is making things up about what Mr Kenney has said. But if you watch the video for yourself, Mr Kenney does say he thinks the NDP is cutting history from social studies. From the video:
The NDP is rewriting our school curriculum […] Now, if you go thorough this [curriculum] outline you’re gonna see every conceivable theme about political correctness. Lots of political ideas and content that they want to inflict on young people, but no reference to the critical subjects that help to develop what I would call civic literacy, to help young people become knowledgeable and responsible citizens, no reference to Canadian history, no reference to Alberta history or to parliamentary government, confederation, the rule of law, economic literacy, none of that but the worst thing is this. In their entire 13-page social studies draft outline they don’t mention once Canadian military history […]
His words are very clear. He wants his supporters to believe that the NDP is removing history, especially Canadian military history, from the curriculum. That’s exactly what Janet French said, and what Mr Boehmer denies happened.
For the record, here is the Draft Outline. It is a high level document that lists desired learning outcomes, rather than specific programs of study. It’s the standard way the Albertan Government outlines educational material.
For example, to understand “Stories of place and knowing the land and how it sustains us foster a sense of belonging and personal and collective responsibility to be stewards of the land” Grade 10 students will explore the theme of “To what extent do perspectives on relationships with the land influence resource use and approaches to development?” You can use all sorts of current and historic examples to explore this topic. In no way does this outline suggest schools stop teaching history.
The current political play book is to lie to the public’s face, and hope we don’t notice.