To date, the school boards involved haven't apologized and the matter seems to have blown over. It's typical of our English community to bitch and moan for a while, but in the end, take no concrete steps to protect our rights. Unfortunately we have demonstrated a history of acquiescence, a trait not lost on our elected politicians who quite rightly take our Anglo votes for granted.
In a Montreal Gazette article entitled, Grade 10 exam smells like propaganda, describing the fiasco, freelance writer Jim Wilson reminds us;
"If you have misgivings with this type of exam, make your views known, and call your school board or school. Ask whether they approve of this exam and are they planning to take any action so it doesn't happen again."French Quiz
- I allow others to call me by an English nickname or call others an English nickname.
- I complain when a product ticket doesn't contain French
- I mostly listen to English language radio.
- I don't like the use of Anglicisms
- I speak English to Francophones
- I demand to be served in French.
- I rent English movies
- I speak French to immigrants.
- I mostly read newspapers, magazines and books in English
- I speak only French at home
- I have an English message on my telephone answering machine
- I believe workers have the right to work in French
- I don't complain when instructions aren't offered in French
- I mostly consume cultural products in French
- I send or receive greeting cards that aren't in French
- I believe that an employer who cannot serve a customer in French is unacceptable
- I wear hats or sweaters with messages other than French
- I address Anglophones in French
- I mostly watch English television
- I speak French at work.
- I find it acceptable to receive a pamphlet, catalogue or brochure in English
- I work to improve my French
- I don't believe an employer should be forced to communicate written instructions to employees in French
- According to me, French is the official language of Quebec.
- I mostly listen to American music
Students who score less than fourteen points are admonished that it is time to reflect on their linguistic attitude . Hmmm...
Perhaps they should be sent to a post Vietnam war type re-education camp or a Quebec version of the Russian Gulag.
So it seems that brainwashing has been going on for quite some time in Francophone schools and that the present generation has been subjected to a propaganda onslaught that teaches the very simple fact that embracing English is evil.
Incredibly, it seems that Anglophone students are now being subjected to political indoctrination as well.
On June 19th, an anonymous reader commented (Yes I read all comments...:)
"I work for the EMSB. Every school has its resident Francophone seperatist teachers. I still can't understand how or why these individuals are hired especially since they make their political views known in their classrooms and pin up the entire place with nationalistic propaganda."I don't know if this is true (it sounds likely), but I sure wish that this reader would elaborate. It sounds like a most interesting story and it would be useful to hear an insider's perspective.