Kamloops Residential School, c. 1930s. BC Archives, B-01592.
This post by Lisa Chilton was originally published on the nadian Historil Association’s Teaching/Learning Blog.
Since 2003 I have taught at least one of the University of Prince Edward Island’s nadian history survey courses every year. Pre- and Post-Confederation nadian History are required courses for history majors at UPEI. They also tend to attract a large number of students looking for electives. Over the past two dedes, this teaching has given me endless opportunities to challenge myself to make sense of the past in order to communite that understanding in ways that will help to inform students’ own efforts to make meaning intelligently. In the brutally intolerant world of socio-politil “mp” mentality that we currently inhabit, is there anything that we might teach our students that is more valuable than reful critil thinking?
In teaching these survey courses, I see historiographil debates as opportunities to demonstrate to students the complex nature of the past, as understood in the context of the present. Continue reading