On Sellars' They Called me Number One: Language, a Vessel for Identity by Émilie Héon
[M]akes us witness the atrocities committed in residential schools at these
times. Some of them, such as physical, verbal, mental abuse are directly
detailed in the book whereas others such as language issues are more
On Good Will Hunting: Winner or Loser Discourse by Pascale Tremblay
At the end of the movie, does his decision to follow Skylar make him a loser?
By following his soul mate, he turns his back to the scholar and working
opportunities offered to him. Again, on a social point of view Will rejects
what most of the people would consider success.
On Good Will Hunting: Anti-School Attitude by Alexandra Jacques
In this movie, the main character, Will Hunting, who is played by Matt Damon,
is a genius and an autodidact who has a negative attitude towards school. This
short text demonstrates where Will's anti-school attitude comes from and how
Will Hunting made the decision to fail
On Gatto's Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory
Schooling: The Psychopathic School: The Psychophatic School
According to John Taylor Gatto by Anne Bourgeois
In this chapter, Gatto starts by explaining why the school system we have
right now can be described as psychotic. As a society, we seem to have lost
our identity. As a matter of fact, we are not a community anymore, but we act
more like a network.
On Education of Aboriginal People in Canada: An Issue of Numbers by Catherine Dubé
As for the majority of non-Aboriginal people living in Canada, the reality of
Native-people's life may be quite abstract to us. The most we generally know
is that most of them live in reserves, mostly remote towns. It is certainly
not common in most people's mind that one Aboriginal adult out of three has in
fact, no high-school education at all, comparatively to one non-Aboriginal
adult out of ten
On Silitoe's The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner: The Winner/Loser Discourse as Illustrated in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner by Claudia Charbonneau
Smith's loneliness while running expresses his need to take a distance from
the society in which he lives. While running, he realises that this life does
not satisfy him and he seeks his own meaning of life:
the long-distance run
of an early morning makes me think that every run like this is a life- a
little life, I know- but a life as full of misery and happiness and things
happening as you can ever get really around yourself
On Sellars' They Called me Number One: School as a Prison by Élise Larente Richer
The appearance of the residential schools during the late 19th century in
Canada was for many the start of a living hell. Many Aboriginal families were
forced to spend their youth in these establishments, ruled by strict religious
priests and nuns.
On Good Will Hunting: Good Will Hunting and Meritocracy by Frédérike Côté-Fortier
One day, Professor Gerald Lambeau, played by Stellan Skarsgard, wrote an
extremely difficult math problem on one of the blackboards in the corridor of
the University. When the problem was solved, Professor Lambeau wanted to know
who was the genius that solved it. However, nobody came forward to claim that
they had solved the problem. Thus, a second problem was written on the board
and Will was caught trying to solve it.
On Sellars' They Called me Number One: Cultural Rupture in They Called me Number One by Gaëlle Lovergne
In 1850 the first residential school opened. It was a system that marked the
Native history. Indeed it was perhaps the most drastic rupture to Aboriginal
families. The Indian residential school system removed the Indigenous children
from their families and their home in order to 'civilize' them. These
residential schools were run by the church and many children experienced
abuse. This system forbade them to acknowledge their aboriginal heritage and
culture and therefore it caused a rupture in Indigenous culture. Bev Sellars
is one of many Indigenous people who experienced residential school as a
On Giroux' Memories of Hope in the Age of Disposability: Essay by Ida Schelenz
He spends most of his time on the streets, jobbing in local nightclubs and
playing basketball with the other boys from the neighborhood. Basketball to
him serves as a form of resistance that
seemed to fly in the face of the
need for high status, school credentials or the security of a boring job,
in other words, the face of meritocracy.
On Gatto's Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling: Essay on chapter 1 by Kurt Vandormael
The purpose of John Taylor Gatto's Dumbing Us Down is to critique
the national school curriculum and to explain how it prevents children from
learning how to think and act. How the current school system, in reality,
works to dumb us down.
On Literacy in Canada by Marc-antoine Pigeon
The ability to read and write is a crucial component which helps us in every
aspect of our lives, be it finding a better paying job and staying informed or
performing simple acts of our everyday lives, like reading a prescription or a
bus schedule. This text will focus on the history of literacy in Canada,
including the contemporary situation.
On Second Language Learning in Canada by Marie-Soleil Larocque
The official languages of Canada are those that fall under the Official
Languages Act; created the 9th of September 1969 by the Royal Commission on
Bilingualism and Biculturalism, English and French. The Official Languages Act
was ameliorated the 28th of July 1988, making it clearer toward the
responsibilities of federal institutions with the English and French.
On Good Will Hunting: Education and Intelligence as seen in Good Will Hunting by Maxime Arel
Education and intelligence. While similar, almost synonymous, these two
concepts are quite far apart. Both relate to acquiring knowledge, but work
differently: education is more about acquiring intelligence through scholarly
means, whereas intelligence relates more to knowledge acquired at birth or
through general life lessons.
On Covell's Children's Rights in Education: Essay by Rüveyda Altinisik
We might not know but in Canada there is a convention composed of 54 articles
in which there are 9 articles on childrens' rights TO and IN education[...] In
this chapter Katherine Covell - a professor of developmental psychology -
focuses on the part concerning the
IN education which means what and
how children should be taught.
On Teacher Training - A Short History by Simon Roy
How can children learn to make the right choice or have ideas that they will
fight for? Well, the answer is through a good education. In Canada, we are
able to provide good education because our teachers received specific training
that they must complete if they are to teach, but it was not always the case.
On Chomsky's The Purpose of Education: Essay by Sonja Despotović
Chomsky presented The Purpose of Education in 2012 at the
Learning without Frontiers conference that took place in London.
Learning without Frontiers represents
UNESCO's pro-active response to
addressing the deep social and political problems that confront humanity as
they relate to the role of learning in society.
On Roy's Children of my Heart: Mamzelle and Médéric by Tara Hassanalizadeh Shokraei
As a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse, she wants to find a way to motivate
them. The young educator finds ways to approach her students and to understand
them. Thus, once she has understood their lifestyles, she tries to show them
new perspectives about life. The novel focuses on how she touches her
students, and how she helps them become better pupils. Although she wants
everyone to succeed in school, she has a particular interest in one of her
On Sellars' They Called me Number One: Residential School and Racial Issues by Vanessa Lachance
[T]his book still testifies to the damage of racial discrimination against the
Native children. The school was against their culture and tried to brainwash
them until they lost their identity. They were taught that they were not as
intelligent as the white people and Sellars believed them:
I still thought,
because I was Indian, I was not as smart as White people.
On Zaslove's Exiled Pedagogy: Essay by Venessa Labelle-Bilodeau
Universities were considered sanctuaries for thought in the early 1960's, this
eventually changed. Zaslove mentions Paul Goodman's desire that communities
human-centered and should counter the isolated society who
live in poverty, dependence and brutality.