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Democracy and Diversity

Canadian Values

At the end of every year Maclean's Magazine conducts a survey asking Canadians what they think about everything from politics to television to sex. In the survey people are asked a number of questions about themselves and what they think about various issues and ideas. The section on values in the 2000 survey was introduced as follows:

"There has been some discussion lately about the kind of place Canada should become in the next few years. For each of the following statements can you please tell me whether you agree or disagree that these are the kinds of things that Canada should do in the next few years. That is do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, neither agree nor disagree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree."

One of the statements people were asked to respond to was:

"Should Canada insist that all immigrants adopt Canadian values?"

Try an experiment in your class. Have everyone respond to this statement using the scale described above
(strongly agree, somewhat agree, neither agree nor disagree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree)
.
Develop a chart or graph to indicate the range of responses in your class.

How does your class response compare to that reported in MacLean's? Are the students in your class more or less likely to agree that immigrants should be required to adopt Canadian values? Is there relative consensus (agreement) in your class or a wide diversity of views on this matter? Let's move on to consider questions like these in more detail

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