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The second edition explores the myriad ways that education, broadly defined, molds each of us in profound and enduring ways. Laid against the supporting scaffolding of modern critical theory, the chapters offer cutting edge perspectives on going to school in British Columbia. How has education been tailored by race, class and gender? How do representations of schools and schooling change over time and whose interests are served? What echoes of current tensions can we hear in the past? Children, Teachers and Schools offers a glimpse of the deep contradictions inherent in an experience that we all share.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reconsidering children, teachers and schools in the history of British Columbia, Mona Gleason and Jean Barman
1. The emergence of educational structures in nineteenth century British Columbia, Jean Barman
Part I: Childhood and Pupilhood
2. Families vs. schools: Children of Aboriginal descent in British Columbia classrooms of the late nineteenth century, Jean Barman
3. Schooled for inequality: The education of British Columbia Aboriginal children, Jean Barman
4. A scandalous procession: Residential schooling and the re/formation of Aboriginal bodies, 1900-1950, Mary-Ellen Kelm
5. White supremacy and the rhetoric of educational indoctrination: A Canadian case study, Timothy J. Stanley
6. Race, class, and health: School medical inspection and “healthy” children in British Columbia, 1890-1930, Mona Gleason
7. “Everybody seemed happy in those days”: The culture of childhood in Vancouver between the 1920s and the 1960s, Neil Sutherland
Part II: Becoming and Being a Teacher
8. British Columbia’s pioneer teachers, Jean Barman
9. Encounters with sexuality: The management of inappropriate body behavior in late-nineteenth century British schools, Jean Barman
10. Vancouver’s forgotten entrepreneurs: Women who ran their own schools, Jean Barman
11. “May the Lord have mercy on you”: The rural school problem in British Columbia in the 1920s, J. Donald Wilson and Paul J. Stortz
12. “I am ready to be of assistance when I can”: Lottie Bowron and rural women teachers in British Columbia, J. Donald Wilson
Part III: Organizing and Reorganizing Schools
13. Separate and unequal: Indian and white girls at All Hallows School, 1884-1920, Jean Barman
14. Growing up British in British Columbia: The Vernon Preparatory School, 1914-1946, Jean Barman
15. The triumph of “formalism”: Elementary schooling in Vancouver from the 1920s to the 1960s, Neil Sutherland
16. “Lessons in Living”: Film propaganda and progressive education in rural British Columbia, 1944, Brian Low
17. Reflections on the role of the school in the transition to work in British Columbia resource towns, Jean Barman
18. “You would have had your pick”: Youth, gender, and jobs in Williams Lake, British Columbia, 1945-75, Tony F. Arruda
Part IV: From There to Here
19. Pregnant with meaning: Teen mothers and the politics of inclusive schooling, Deirdre Kelly
20. Aboriginal families and Aboriginal education: Coming full circle, Jan Hare
21. Seeds of promise: Grandview/?Uuqinak’uuh School in Vancouver, Anne Makhoul

Jean Barman

Jean Barman is a professor emerita in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. A specialist in British Columbia history, the history of education in Canada, and Aboriginal education, Jean is the author of The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia and co-editor of First Nations Education in Canada: The Circle Unfolds.

Mona Gleason

Mona Gleason is an associate professor and the co-ordinator of the Society, Culture, and Politics in Education Program in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her research brings an historical perspective to the study of education, children, and youth in the 19th and 20th centuries.