Education in New France

Education in New France

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The first priority of French missionaries was the conversion of the native population. Education was an important tool in the evangelization campaign because they believed that conversion was best secured when preceded and underscored by religious instruction. As Canada evolved into a French colony the religious orders increasingly turned their attention to the education of the children of French settlers. The period saw the establishment of a number of petites Accoles (elementary schools), a Jesuit college for boys, and several trade schools. As Magnuson demonstrates, provision for education in the colony declined during the eighteenth century. First, membership in religious orders dwindled, reducing their capacity to serve the educational needs of an expanding population. Second, as the population of the colony grew, with more inhabitants born in Canada than in France, different values and priorities developed. The written word, notes Magnuson, held less attraction for the Canadian, who preferred the active life of the frontier.... 120-3, 127 ChauchetiAure, Claude, 162, I66 Chauvet, Pierre, 185 Chevalier, Jacques, 184 Childhood: in France, 13; in Canada, 76-9 ... 64-7; church control of 67a€“ 70; role of bishop, 68a€“ 70; description of schools, 70a€“1; day and boarding schools, 72a€“3; free tuition and ... 74a€“5; differences between boysa#39; and girlsa#39; schools, 76; school manuals, 77; instructional methods, 77, 79 Comenius, Jan, 13-14, 40, anbsp;...

Title:Education in New France
Author: Roger Magnuson
Publisher:McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP - 1992-06-22

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