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 gigantic 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 direction, he played in resolute but innovative model the supervisory features of a most sensible govt educator, constructing a tutorial philosophy of his personal in accordance with an figuring out 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 shuttle during this mountainous province. We meet the various strange characters who inhabited this final frontier and examine in their hopes, fears, joys, sorrows, and eccentricities. extra quite, we're reminded of the ancient value of the one-room rural institution and its position as an imperative software of neighborhood cohesion.
John Calam has geared up the memoirs in response to the areas by which Lord travelled. He has incorporated in his advent a biography of Alex Lord, a quick description of the British Columbia he knew, a cartoon of its public schooling method, and an evaluation of where Lord’s writing now occupies between different works on schooling and society.
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Second, Lord held that such a citizen ideally starts to grow when guided by a good teacher. After a few months, for instance, Bill Sykes' schoolchildren wrote copperplate, a requisite skill in a letter-writing society. Presumably, pupils taught by the resolute young man at Dunster acquired similar proficiency. However, in Lord's mind there was more to good teaching than fundamental instruction. For him, the good teacher had somehow to fit the community, serve it, learn from it - not merely as a matter of strategy but because of enjoyment.
I was then attending model school, the lowest rung on the Ontario teacher-training ladder of those days and went one evening to a political meeting in Port Hope. S. B. 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.
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.