Monday, January 23, 2006

Teaching about Canada

Teaching about Canada. Today is Federal elections in Canada. I have been following the news and I am interested to see who wins.

However, not one of my student workers in the library was aware of this! Mind you, we live in Michigan and Canada is real close by. For example, the CBC is on the basic cable package. The level of ignorance about this just shocked me. My students seem to know very little about Canada.

With this thought, I found this nice ERIC Digest which has tips and suggestions for teaching American students about Canada. I hope some teachers use this and get the students educated about Canada before they arrive on campus.

From the site:

The United States and Canada share the world's longest undefended border. The United States also trades more with Canada (exports and imports) than with any other country. Yet, the American public is largely uninformed about Canada, Canadians, and their unique culture. This digest considers (1) why United States students should study about Canada, (2) where content on Canada belongs in the curriculum, and (3) what useful strategies and resources can be used to improve the teaching of Canadian Studies.

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