Educating, Rehabilitating, or Healing?
By Julien Prud’homme
In Quebec, the number of students with special needs has increased from 20,000 in 1964 to 200,000 in 2016. The number of diagnoses has exploded, creating a complex school environment that now features a host of new clinical and educational professions. What are we to make of these changes? Should we see this as progress, a risk of abusive medicalization, or both? How can decision makers, the public and professionals make sense of it?
This book tells the story of Quebec’s special education teachers. This mostly female occupational group, which emerged from the Quiet Revolution to help students with learning difficulties, followed a rather atypical path and is now taking decisive steps toward professional recognition. The book retraces the history of this occupational group to promote a deeper understanding of the past, present and future of Quebec schools.