Alex Lord's British Columbia: Recollections of a Rural by John Calam

By John Calam

Alex Lord, a pioneer inspector of rural BC faculties stocks in those memories his stories in a province slightly out of the level trainer period. vacationing via large northern territory, using unreliable transportation, and enduring climatic extremes, Lord grew to become accustomed to the aspirations of distant groups and their religion within the humanizing results of tiny assisted faculties. En path, he played in resolute but resourceful style the supervisory capabilities of a best executive educator, constructing an academic philosophy of his personal in response to an realizing of the provincial geography, a reverence for citizenship, and a piece ethic tuned to problem and accomplishment.

Although now not accomplished, those memoires invite the reader to event the British Columbia that Alex Lord knew. via his phrases, we undergo the problems of trip during this mountainous province. We meet the various strange characters who inhabited this final frontier and study in their hopes, fears, joys, sorrows, and eccentricities. extra rather, we're reminded of the old importance of the one-room rural institution and its position as an imperative tool of group cohesion.

John Calam has equipped the memoirs in response to the areas by which Lord travelled. He has incorporated in his creation a biography of Alex Lord, a quick description of the British Columbia he knew, a cartoon of its public schooling procedure, and an overview of where Lord’s writing now occupies between different works on schooling and society.

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Just the same, being a school inspector in Lord's day was no sinecure, as Putman and Weir themselves observed in 1925, agreeing that, contrary to its innocent-looking statutory description, the inspector's task stretched its incumbent beyond reasonable limits. In this context, Alex Lord's British Columbia invites attention to its inherent value system. Implicit among its observations is Lord's overriding conviction that British Columbia educators ought to know British Columbians. To this end Lord selected a cast of memorable characters - Cataline, irrepressible Hazelton packer; Dr.

They are strongly independent, at times intelligently non-conformist. Ambition, ability, thrift, and energy permeate their lives. Their toughest problems yield to a blend of perseverence, resourcefulness, and common sense. Thrown together in an economically depressed hinterland, they have occasion to differ, and differ they do with a vengeance. Day to day they endure because they must, sometimes with wit, normally with tolerance. Over the long haul they bind their lives together with compassion and a sense of justice.

In a crushing rejection of Hilda Neatby's So Little for the Mind (1953), he concluded that, throughout the twentieth century, Canadian education 'did not and never had done much to train the mind it served/ And in his methodologically similar 'Everyone seemed happy in those days: the culture of childhood in Vancouver between the 19205 and the 19605,' Sutherland proposes an alternative explanation for childhood cheerfulness, unrelated to their teachers or their lessons, progressive or otherwise.

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