Resources for Teaching Canada in U.S. Schools
Resources for Teaching Canada in U.S. Schools is a series of papers intended to help teachers educate students about Canada in grades 5-12. Authors and editors of these papers are Canadianists respected throughout the educational community for their knowledge of Canada and insights into how students can be engaged in the meaningful study of Canada and its relations with the United States.
The first two papers in our series (published in 2008-2009) commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec by Jacques Cartier. The first, “Vital Personalities of Quebec” (PDF)* (/../docs/Vital Personalities of Quebec edited 5 FINAL - Ruth Writer.pdf) by Ruth Writer, teacher associate of the Michigan State University Canadian Studies Center, and Dean June, retired teacher from the Attica, NY schools, explores contributions of notable Quebecois explorers, government leaders, scientists, business people, authors, musicians, and artists. English-language resources, print and electronic, and their uses in teaching about Quebec is the theme of the second paper, “Resources in English for Teaching About Quebec”, by Betsy Arntzen and Amy Sotherden. Betsy is outreach director of the Canadian-American Center at the University of Maine, while Amy directs outreach activities at the Center for the Study of Canada/Institute on Quebec Studies at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh.
The third paper, “Variations in Diversity in the United States and Canada” (PDF)* (/../docs/Cherry McGee Banks.pdf), by Cherry McGee Banks, Professor of Education at the University of Washington at Bothell and “A Rationale for Teaching Canada” (PDF)* (/../docs/A Rational for Teaching Canada in US Schools.pdf), by William Joyce, Professor of Education Emeritus at Michigan State University, approach the teaching of Canada from two different perspectives: the Banks article presents Canada’s wide range of diverse social and cultural features and their instructional implications while Joyce explores the countless reasons, historical and contemporary, why Canada should be studied in U.S. classrooms—particularly within the social studies curriculum.
Two members of the MSU Canadian Studies Center staff and a retired professor played a major role in these publications. Alane Enyart, Office Assistant, served as webmaster, and Trent Pysarchik, Communications Assistant, was responsible for copy editing and word processing. Bill Joyce served as editor of these papers. We are grateful to AnnMarie Schneider, Director of the Center, for her valuable support.
Joe T. Darden is Professor of Geography at Michigan State University and former Dean of Urban Affairs Programs from 1984 - 1997. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, Department of Geography, University of Toronto, 1997 to 1998. Dr. Darden’s research interests are urban social geography, residential segregation, and socioeconomic neighborhood inequality in multi-racial societies.He is the author or co-author of 7 books. His most recent book is co-authored with John Frazier and Noah Henry entitled The African Diaspora in the United States and Canada at the Dawn of the 21st Century, Binghamton: Global Academic Publishing, 2009.