Textbooks are often one of the first sources used in a classroom. The use of the book My first book. Reading – writing – counting – education – instruction: a beginners’ manual in Quebec classrooms for nearly 40 years bears witness to this. However, this book contains racist and sexist lessons within it.
To talk about this book, and how it has been used in classrooms, we spoke to historian Catherine Larochelle, author of the book The School of Racism: The Construction of Otherness in Quebec Schools.
Helpful LinksMore information here:
Un féminisme inclusif ? La Fédération des femmes du Québec et les femmes immigrantes ou racisées, 1966-1992 – Amanda Ricci (French)
Quand l’école déshumanisait les Noirs – Radio Canada (French)
Des rapports de pouvoir qui dérangent – HistoireEngagee (French)
L’antisémitisme et le colonialisme ne sont pas des « mystères » historiques – HistoireEngagee (French)
Additional ArchivesCheck our other resources here:
Racial Segregation of Black Students in Canadian Schools – The Canadian Encylopedia
Blackness, Exclusion, and the Law in the History of Canada’s Public Schools,
Ontario and Québec, 1850–Present – Rachel Zellars