Chapter

The Influence of Education

Hester Barron

in The 1926 Miners' Lockout

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199575046
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722196 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575046.003.0006

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

The Influence of Education

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The first half of this chapter considers the influence of school life on County Durham's pit village communities, examining the extent to which elementary schools were absorbed into the dominant culture shaped by pit and union lodge. The second half explores the wider implications of education, which might also affect the way in which both children and adults viewed their surroundings, through the aspirations created and the social mobility engendered. The chapter concludes that education could never be wholly divorced from the concerns of the local community. During 1926, in villages in which the vast majority of the population were on strike, the schools themselves became an integral part of the strikers' defence.

Keywords: elementary schools; social mobility; education; community; identity

Chapter.  11155 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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