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. traveling via great northern territory, using unreliable transportation, and enduring climatic extremes, Lord turned accustomed to the aspirations of distant groups and their religion within the humanizing results of tiny assisted colleges. En course, he played in resolute but resourceful type the supervisory features of a most sensible executive educator, constructing an instructional philosophy of his personal according to an figuring out 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 undergo the problems of go back and forth during this mountainous province. We meet a few of the strange characters who inhabited this final frontier and research in their hopes, fears, joys, sorrows, and eccentricities. extra rather, we're reminded of the ancient value of the one-room rural tuition and its position as an fundamental tool of neighborhood cohesion.
John Calam has geared up the memoirs based on 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 comic strip of its public schooling method, and an evaluate of where Lord’s writing now occupies between different works on schooling and society.
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Aylesworth. In bursts of oratory such as are seldom heard these days they pictured the heights to which this country - and particularly northern Canada - would rise with the completion of the railroad. The most significant statement that evening and, as events turned out, the most inaccurate prophesy, appeared on a banner stretched above the platform. ' While the GTP was under construction and to some extent because of it, another railroad, this time entirely in British Columbia, was undertaken.
As writer Thomas Fleming explains, trustees increasingly approached the inspectors with their problems, considering them 'educational experts and men of practical affairs' with ready solutions up their sleeves. 49 The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway was a case in point. ' Nor when inspectors met their many responsibilities were their efforts necessarily acknowledged. The teacher reports they composed on the run were said by commissioners Putman and Weir to consist of bland, colourless prose describing an educational scene that was per- i8 Editor's Introduction petually 'satisfactory/ Some teachers whom inspectors visited saw them as faddists preoccupied with a single subject, concept, or device to the exclusion of all else.
Lord's intention was not to submit the places and people he knew so well to searching sociological examination. Nevertheless, Alex Lord's British Columbia does not lack for social comment. According to Lord, certain farmers, business people, school trustees, MLA'S, medical doctors, judges and others - community leaders all - as graduates of their rural schools went forth to set new standards of civic pride. Social change was not their objective. They sought no New Jerusalem. Instead Lord gave us farmers and police officers, doctors and lawyers, railway workers and trappers, riverboat captains and clergy, politicians and ranchers, children and housewives, all accepting their social milieu.