By Helen Jefferson Lenskyj
This can be a e-book of reports approximately schooling and women's lives--the author's and her mother's. it truly is biography and autobiography written as social background. within the first part, Dr. Lenskyj offers the historical past for her mother's narrative, starting in 1832 while her grandfather arrived in Sydney. Australia, as a convict. She examines her personal girlhood reviews within the Fifties as a toddler of operating type mom and dad who used to be an interloper in a personal ladies' university. utilizing resources from Australian women's background, women's stories, and important social idea, she situates the 2 tales within the broader, Australian socio-cultural context of 1900 to 1960. The narrative then strikes to the Canadian academic context, documenting the interventions of moms considering school-community activism within the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies within the Toronto Board of schooling, and the author's personal reviews in a school-community council. the writer additionally examines lesbian and homosexual activism geared toward academic swap within the Nineteen Eighties and Nineties, together with her personal position at the writing workforce that ready curriculum directions on homophobia and sexual orientations for Toronto lecturers. eventually, Dr. Lenskyj displays on her stories in view that 1986 as an overtly lesbian professor on the Ontario Institute for experiences in schooling, collage of Toronto, and discusses advancements in anti-oppression educating within the collage within the Nineties.
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Although Kambala was a private school, and therefore viewed as offering superior instruction, the student-teacher ratio in junior school was remarkably high by today’s standards: in second class (grade ), in fourth class, and in fifth class, according to my school reports from the s. Clearly, ideas of individualized teaching and smaller class size had not yet been put into practice. Many of those who succeeded in Kambala’s classrooms in the s acknowledge the flawed system of private education for girls in that era, but at the same time value the ways in which the school’s unequivocal emphasis on academic achievement served us in our subsequent lives and careers.
The “sexual revolution” of the s had minimal impact on my mother’s world view or on her language. “Pregnant” was a word she avoided (“expecting” was her preferred term), A Lot to Learn 1/12/05 3:00 PM Page 17 “. . ” Growing Up “in the Bush” Both Margaret and her older sister Doris had lasting memories of poverty and hardship as young children growing up in Molong. This is a short account that Doris wrote in when she was almost years old: My mother cooked stinging nettles and my father used to gather horehound that grew in a paddock next to our old home in Boree Hollow.
Percent of students attended non-government schools, which, in the last two decades of that period, numbered approximately , (Hogan, : , ). As early as , Sydney had eight private girls’ schools, most of which survived competition from the publicly funded system and continue to operate into the st century. A Lot to Learn 1/12/05 3:00 PM Page 44 A LOT TO LEARN Learning One’s Station in Life Australia’s free, secular, and compulsory education Acts of the late s resulted in “a hardening of middle class attitudes against the publicly funded schools,” with prosperous parents increasingly viewing the private girls’ school as a refuge from “the contaminating influence of the state school child” (Kyle, : ).
A Lot to Learn: Girls, Women, and Education in the 20th Century by Helen Jefferson Lenskyj