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Published by the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation

National test changed after Saskatoon student notices negative stereotypes about aboriginals

Posted: 09/24/15 8:51am CST

A standardized test that went out to classrooms across the country will be changing after a student in Saskatoon noticed that some of the options in multiple choice questions included negative stereotypes about aboriginal people.

The exam recently administered to Saskatoon Public School (SPS) Grade 10 students included two questions “where the available multiple-choice options included two incorrect answers which were negative stereotypes about aboriginal people,” according to SPS spokesman Rod Drabble.

The questions alluded to aboriginal people having a “lack of interest and motivation” and that “many aboriginals are unemployed”.

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