school on ice | The Journal of Quebec

It’s the big idea of ​​the week. The school should be recruited to develop better hockey players.

Because it’s very serious that our national sport isn’t producing enough future Guy Lafleur in the NHL. Therefore, the expert committee set up by François Legault proposes that learning to ice skate be included in the primary school curriculum to “develop a skill necessary for an initiation to ice hockey”.

The debate arouses passions. Indeed, in Quebec, it is always easier to talk about problems peripheral to the problem of our education system than to talk about the root of the problem.

Daring to attack the roots of evil, a three-speed segregation system, would be too divisive, one has to believe. So in the land of consensus, we prefer to discuss skating, break times, concrete, and lab schools.

Bad record

Do we need to remind you that our education system is considered to be the most unequal in Canada.

The Supreme Board of Education has come to this sad conclusion. Not after the pandemic and the chaotic exit restrictions. No, 2016!

“The proliferation of selective special programs and private institutions leads to unequal treatment in favor of the most disadvantaged. »

It’s easy to understand.

The wealthiest have the means to pay for private schools, private tutors, entrance exam preparation courses, and all the stuff that gets them into it.

Another group of students manage to qualify for a specialized program in a public school. Swimming, science, the outdoors, cooking, all of these excuses are good for forming groups of “good students.”

What remains of the normal polyvalent? Other. Disadvantaged children, troubled children and some miracles that save the day.

The numbers speak for themselves.

In Quebec, the private school graduation rate is 93%, while in the public sector it is 78.6%. Since 2009, the graduation gap between boys and girls has stagnated at 8 to 9%.


Sixty years after the Parent report, Quebec continues to subsidize its elites by funding private schools by up to 60%.

Our Quebec, supposedly crazy about its children, maintains, without discussion, an institutional division between its rich and its poor, between its talents and the others, its motivated and its jaded. But we don’t talk about that. It would be too complex.

You see, the public system wants to compete with the private. And the private sector has to compete with the public because the latter could not absorb all of its students if subsidies were to be abolished as in Ontario.

On the eve of the election, all political parties will demonstrate the importance of education, its critical role in building a richer, more prosperous Quebec.

When will the day come when instead of having lunar debates about learning to skate at school, they will dare to show their imagination to ensure equal opportunities for our children?

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