Jean-François Roberge wants to overhaul the course RCTS

Jean-François Roberge veut remanier le cours ECR

Photo: Jacques Boissinot The canadian Press
The promise to abolish the course of ECR decision by the Coalition avenir Québec in the wake of its founding congress, in 2012, no longer holds.

The Ethics and religious culture program is silent on atheism, considers the minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge. The course plan will be revised to discuss the doctrine according to which God does not exist, a-t-il indicated on Tuesday.

“There is a place [for the atheists in the course of ethics and religious culture (ECR)], but it is not large enough. However, I think that atheism is part of the currents of thought “, he argued in an impromptu press conference on parliament hill.

In the eyes of Mr. Roberge, ” it is necessary to correct this course, it is necessary to improve this course “. It undertakes to do so by the end of the legislature, in 2022. “We can’t do it all this winter,” said the author of two draft laws : the first establishing the nursery 4 years, the second for regulating the fees charged to parents of students.


The minister — and former teacher of the course of ECR — mentioned Tuesday its willingness to revise school textbooks that, according to him, contain ” stereotypical images “. “This is not a good idea to continue like this with the status quo — with the manuals, such as they are,” he said.

The prime minister, François Legault, has been added in front of the national Assembly. “This course should be thoroughly reviewed,” -he dropped in the blue Room.

The promise to abolish the course of ECR decision by the Coalition avenir Québec in the wake of its founding congress, in 2012, no longer holds. “It is a false good idea, the pure and simple abolition of the current RCTS for cause of secularism,” said Mr. Roberge, seven years later.

The minister has argued that the RCT program prepares the student in the “living-together” in the tooling to ” fight the generalizations hasty, the calls to the clans, the false arguments “. “In a context of globalization and migration is massive, I think it is important to know the major religions [as they] influence the foreign policy of some countries affect the ways of dressing of some, on what to eat some people, on the values,” he explained. “The ongoing RCTS, it is not a religion, it is primarily a course in ethics. “

The parliamentary chief of the Parti québécois, Pascal Bérubé, for its part, has decried the ongoing RCTS, which is according to him ” a failure “. He asked the government caquiste to stop teaching in a way that ” conveys values that are not ours, stigmatizes the children based on a religious practice, discriminated against the children of non-practitioners, it propagates stereotypes, the vehicle of religious dogmas [and] going against equality between women and men “. That said, Mr. Bérubé does not agree to allow the parent to remove their child from classes of RCT. “It’s part of the courses that are required “, he noted.


Listen to the mnas Pascal Bérubé, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and the minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, scrum

Throw out the bath water without the baby

According to Mr. Bérubé, this is a “test of coherence” for a government that is preparing to file a bill on the secularism of the québec State, he argued.

“There are things to bring, to change, but you don’t need to throw the baby out with the bath water “, said the head of government, François Legault. “We have the right to explain the history of religion to the people, to the young people who come into our schools. “

The co-spokesperson of Québec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois for its part, considers that the course of ECR is ” useful for educating young people in citizenship “. “I’m one of the few members in this room who is young enough to have followed the course of the ECR. I was not at all rendered multiculturalist, quite the contrary, ” he pointed out. The elected solidarity, however, believes that the program can definitely be improved.


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