By John Calam
Alex Lord, a pioneer inspector of rural BC colleges stocks in those memories his reviews in a province slightly out of the degree trainer period. traveling via mammoth northern territory, using unreliable transportation, and enduring climatic extremes, Lord grew to become conversant in the aspirations of distant groups and their religion within the humanizing results of tiny assisted colleges. En course, he played in resolute but inventive style the supervisory features of a best govt educator, constructing an academic philosophy of his personal in line with 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 adventure the British Columbia that Alex Lord knew. via his phrases, we suffer the problems of commute during this mountainous province. We meet some of the strange characters who inhabited this final frontier and study in their hopes, fears, joys, sorrows, and eccentricities. extra fairly, we're reminded of the ancient value of the one-room rural university and its function as an necessary device of group cohesion.
John Calam has prepared the memoirs in accordance with the areas wherein Lord travelled. He has integrated in his advent a biography of Alex Lord, a short description of the British Columbia he knew, a cartoon of its public schooling process, and an review of where Lord’s writing now occupies between different works on schooling and society.
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Extra resources for Alex Lord's British Columbia: Recollections of a Rural School Inspector, 1915-1936
They commanded respect in many communities; savored travel and a change of scene; worked far removed from close departmental supervision; made decisions as they saw fit and confronted their consequences; and developed a knack of recounting their adventures in colourful detail. In Lord's case, this professional satisfaction appears best expressed in his love of wide horizons and diverse company as reflected in the fact that the bulk of his memoirs speak not of schools but of the richly varied societies that sustain them.
A few years later, the Grand Trunk Pacific and its companion in misfortune, the Canadian Northern, were taken over by the Canadian government and amalgamated into the Canadian National Railway. 7 The basic principle was that, wherever there were ten children six years to sixteen years of age, a school would be established. It was known as an assisted school, a considerable misnomer since the government paid the salary of the teacher in full and the local residents had to meet only maintenance costs.
Mann, a post-progressive scholar, roots her argument in the Putman/Weir Survey which she considers a 'melange' of progressive educational theories circa 1925. '66 By contrast, beyond passing reference to a 'mildly revolutionary atmosphere' and a whimsical apology for using 'a bit of objectionable educational jargon - the word "motiva- 28 Editor's Introduction tion"/ Lord, who had lived throughout this period and worked with confessed British Columbia progressives, seemed oblivious even to the issue as Mann, with hindsight, conceives of it.
Alex Lord's British Columbia: Recollections of a Rural School Inspector, 1915-1936 by John Calam