The Little Red Nova Scotian Schoolhouse

David Mossman

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ISBN: 9781990770456
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The Little Red Nova Scotian Schoolhouse

For Whom the Bell Rings

  Author:   David Mossman    
  Publisher:  Pottersfield Press

A legion of teachers pioneered the story of education in thousands of one-room schools for more than 200 years in Nova Scotia. Benchmark advances from the primitive platforms first employed to educate children were realized through the Education Act of 1855 when, with the government’s blessing, Nova Scotia became the first province to provide free education to all children. Marking the occasion, the Provincial Normal School was established. Its mission: to instruct its students to practical training in the art of teaching.

By access to the archives of graduates from 1892 through1940, the author takes a look at the operation of the “Normal” up to its conversion to Nova Scotia Teachers College in 1961. Focus is on a small selection of one-room schools in Lunenburg County, Cape Breton and the Annapolis Valley as well as Black community schools and residential schools. The flavour of the increasingly distant era of one-room schools is brought out through the life and times of teachers and pupils in the various communities served.

In early days, with the lack of books and other teaching materials, everything depended upon the teacher. It was only in the late 1830s, during a severe shortage of teachers, that the Nova Scotia government realized women were probably better suited to teaching than men, although training for them was minimal. To a large extent, the history of women’s participation in schooling reflects their unequal position in society. Upon marriage, women teachers gave up their job to care for family and home. In a landmark ruling in 1838, the provincial legislature decided that women could be hired and allowed to retain their wages.

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ISBN associated with this title: 9781990770456
Item PC0372
PublisherPottersfield Press
PublisherPottersfield Press
Published on March 15 2024
Language ENG
Pages 182
Format Paperback
Dimensions9(in) x 6(in)
Shipping weight0(g)
David Mossman is a seventh-generation Canadian, born at home in Rose Bay, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. He and his wife live in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. A geologist, he has worked internationally and taught at the universities of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), Otago, New Zealand, and Mount Allison, New Brunswick, where he is professor emeritus. He is the author of Going Over: A Nova Scotia Soldier in World War I, the bestseller Oceans of Rum: The Nova Scotia Banana Fleet in Rum-Runner Heaven, and Random Shots.