Volume 95, Issue 8

Thursday, September 13, 2001
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Unwarranted accusations

The American retaliatory way

Making history

Ignorant Canada

Ignorant Canada

Re: Poll: Canucks want more history lessons, Sept. 11

To the Editor:

It is slightly embarrassing that we as Canadians do not know much about ourselves.

I find it appalling only four provinces have Canadian history as a mandatory subject. I find it even more interesting that immigrants hoping to get their Canadian citizenship are required to learn quite a bit about Canadian history, yet Canadian citizens themselves have trouble answering the same questions.

I discussed the issue with my friends and a common feeling prevailed among them: Canadian history is boring and there's not much to care about our country's past because our history is so recent.

There is a stereotype that exists, however, that studying history encompasses learning nothing more than names and dates. It is this stereotype that leads non-historians to think studying history is a menial task.

Maybe, with a little more knowledge about where we came from and how we got here, we will be able to better understand ourselves.

Hema Kaura

Honours History III

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