By John Calam
Alex Lord, a pioneer inspector of rural BC faculties stocks in those reminiscences his reviews in a province slightly out of the level trainer period. vacationing via big northern territory, using unreliable transportation, and enduring climatic extremes, Lord turned conversant in the aspirations of distant groups and their religion within the humanizing results of tiny assisted faculties. En path, he played in resolute but innovative style the supervisory services of a best govt educator, constructing a tutorial 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 no longer accomplished, those memoires invite the reader to event the British Columbia that Alex Lord knew. via his phrases, we undergo the problems of go back and forth during this mountainous province. We meet the various strange characters who inhabited this final frontier and research in their hopes, fears, joys, sorrows, and eccentricities. extra relatively, we're reminded of the historic value of the one-room rural institution and its position as an imperative tool of group cohesion.
John Calam has geared up the memoirs in line with the areas during which Lord travelled. He has integrated in his creation a biography of Alex Lord, a quick description of the British Columbia he knew, a caricature of its public schooling process, and an overview of where Lord’s writing now occupies between different works on schooling and society.
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Receipts were substantial. The tariff was reasonable enough - fifty cents for a bed, a meal, a horse feed or, when bars were legal, a drink but there were many customers. Six-, eight-, and twelve-horse teams were constantly travelling up the road hauling supplies to the mines. 4 With all the drivers, passengers, and horses to be fed small wonder that some ranches banked the cheque for the autumn sale of beef as the roadhouse had paid operating expenses. 5 Stagecoaches were replaced by seven-passenger cars, and trucks with canvas- North of Fifty-Three 39 covered bodies which operated at first from spring until fall and later, with better roads, throughout the year.
W. Gibson and his provincial supervisors working on behalf of a rural population which they wanted not 'to subjugate or control... but to elevate and enlighten/ Such findings are consistent with those of James Collins Miller, whose Rural Schools in Canada: Their Organization, Administration and Supervision (1913) showed that 'in much of Canada the growth of the administrative staff barely kept pace with the growth in the system as a whole;' that the effect of school inspectors on rural schools was the gradual transformation of central policy to classroom practice; and that, in historian Neil Sutherland's words, local inspectors'prodded .
Just how chronic the problem was Lord confirmed in 1922 when he wrote of his Kelowna inspectorate that 'the usual changing of teachers took place. '47 Then, too, inspectors themselves were hard pressed to fulfil their obligations under the Public Schools Act. 48 Stories abound of inspectors outmanoeuvred by local sentinels heralding their arrival, resourceful teachers armed with wellrehearsed emergency lesson plans, disarming children of uncertain hospitality, even gruff dogs trained to discourage well-dressed men carrying government-crested briefcases.