Monday, November 28, 2011

The Jesuit College Of Quebec

"(W)ith the Approbation of His Excellency the Governor, there is a School opened in the Jesuit College, by Patrick McClement, where he teaches English in the best Method, with Writing, Arithmetic vulgar and decimal, the Extraction and Use of the square and cube Roots, Book-keeping, Mensuration of all Manner of Superficies and Solids, &c. &c." Quebec Gazette, Sept. 5, 1776 
The Jesuit College of Quebec Coll├Ęge des Jesuites est 1635
This advertisement marked the beginning of Patrick McClement's short career as the first government authorized paid lay teacher in the province of Quebec. Although discharged soldier John Fraser had probably been teaching there for several years, McClement was the first to receive the governor's approval. After the Conquest of 1760, religious communities such as the Ursulines, the Jesuits and the Sulpicians re-established their schools. And a number of laypeople, mostly male anglophone Protestants, established private schools to teach boys subjects as varied as first-language literacy and dancing.
Link (here) to read the full story at The Gazette

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