By John Calam
Alex Lord, a pioneer inspector of rural BC faculties stocks in those reminiscences his studies in a province slightly out of the degree trainer period. vacationing via great northern territory, using unreliable transportation, and enduring climatic extremes, Lord grew to become acquainted with the aspirations of distant groups and their religion within the humanizing results of tiny assisted faculties. En direction, he played in resolute but creative model the supervisory capabilities of a most sensible govt educator, constructing an academic philosophy of his personal in line with an knowing 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 adventure the British Columbia that Alex Lord knew. via his phrases, we undergo the problems of commute 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 fairly, we're reminded of the historic value of the one-room rural institution and its position as an crucial software of group cohesion.
John Calam has prepared the memoirs in accordance with the areas by which Lord travelled. He has incorporated in his creation a biography of Alex Lord, a short description of the British Columbia he knew, a caricature 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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Alex Lord's British Columbia: Recollections of a Rural School Inspector, 1915-1936 by John Calam