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(J.P. MOCZULSKI For The Globe and Mail)

David Mulroney

Canada’s an Asia-Pacific country. When our schools forget this, it costs us

There is a word to describe how Canadians feel about the rise of Asia, and it is, “ambivalent.” Recent polling by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada shows that although we Canadians are increasingly convinced that Asia is important to us, we are not at all convinced that a changing world order requires changes from us, too. Although the percentage of Canadians who accept the modest proposal of putting more content about Asia in the curriculum has now grown to 50 per cent, a stunning 58 per cent oppose putting more emphasis on Asian languages in the school system.