BENNETT, Paul W.
Title: Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities : The Contested Schoolhouse in Maritime Canada, 1850-2010.
Publisher:  Fernwood Publishing, Halifax and Winnipeg, 2011, ISBN:9781552664018
Seller ID: 101034
BENNETT, Paul W. Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities : The Contested Schoolhouse in Maritime Canada, 1850-2010. Halifax and Winnipeg : Fernwood Publishing, (2011). Pp [i]-x,1-190. Illustrated. Index. 8vo, illustrated brown card covers. "Traditional schoolhouses and neighbourhood schools are disappearing at an alarming rate, maknig way for hughe schools that serve multiple communities and adhere to the logic of modernization, centralization,and uniformity. In 'Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities', Paul W. Be nnett exploes the phenomenon of school closures, focusing on the little known and contentious history of public schooling in Maritime Canada from 1850until the present. In a lively and stimulating narrative, Bennett examines the rise of common schooling from one-room schoolhouses taht encouraged lo cal democratic control through to 'super sized' schools governed by a vast bureaucracy that silences public participation. Local 'save our schools' movements do arise in cities, towns, and villages throughout the Maritimes but rarely succeed in slowing the unrelenting march of 'progress'. Bennet contends that in both urban and rural Maritime Canada, closing schools rips out a social anchor vital to community survival and imperils the democratic ideals that originally guided the public school system. He shows that education is increasingly dominated by a bureaucratic state where the 'bigger is better' ideology and an impersonal, unresponsive organizational apparatus drive the entire system. The book closes with a clarion call to completely reinvent public educatuion to better serve the needs of our children and ourcommunities." -from the rear cover. Contents : 1. Schoolhouses and Communi ties — An Endangered Heritage. 2. The Advent of the Modern Education State.3. The Rural One-Room Schoolhouse. 4. The Urban Palace Schools. 5. Moderni zation — Surviving the Onslaught of Progress. 6. Consolidation, Bureaucracy, and the People. 7. Retrenchment — Declining Enrolment and School Closures. 8. The School Savers and Their Mission. Epilogue: Restoring and Humanizing Public Education. Very good. 15.00