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Quebec schools and mandatory CPR instruction



  • R.R Cratty Parenting & Education Examiner 5 years ago

    Wonderful, this could save lives...wish it was mandatory in Colorado. Thanks for the great story!

  • montreal women's issues, health and mental health 5 years ago

    I would hope there would be a check and balance as teachers are supposed to submit their curriculum to the principal or school board and the school then must make sure some teacher some where covers the topic if it goes through at all.

  • Amanda C. Strosahl 5 years ago

    This definitely should be mandatory. Health classes teach first aid, yet so many of them stop before they get to CPR. It is one of the most important, if not the most important, form of first aid people should know.

  • Kyla Matton - Mtl Parenting & Ed Examiner 5 years ago

    Thank you all for your responses!

    From what I understand, the checks and balances Carol is talking about would apply when it comes to an individual teacher covering all the required elements for their subject area.

    But it would be a logistical nightmare to be sure that these cross-curricular competences are all completely covered. This is especially problematic when it comes to classes that may be offered to students from two or more grade levels, or in cases where students may choose between two or more classes to fulfill a particular requirement. Some students might end up getting the same material twice, while others not at all.

  • Kyla Matton - Mtl Parenting & Ed Examiner 5 years ago

    Amanda, health is covered as part of the physical education program. From what I can gather, the program lists numerous physical skills that must be covered but no specifics in terms of health, hygiene, sexuality, first aid, etc.

    Students are exposed to very general concepts of living an active lifestyle, eating nutritious food, etc. but the focus of the courses is much more on providing the students with two hours a week in school for physical activity.

    In the late 1990s there was a program in Quebec schools that mandated a great deal of what was called personal & social development. It seems that a lot of the specifics from that program were tossed out the window with the current curriculum reform, and everything became much more loosely defined. I tend to feel students potentially lose a lot when the program is so generic. We are probably due for a new curriculum reform in the near future, though, so perhaps the next curriculum will address this issue.

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