Schooling Britons

Anne Spry Rush

in Bonds of Empire

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588558
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728990 | DOI:
Schooling Britons

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This chapter considers the relationship between education, status, race, and British culture in the period from the late nineteenth century until the mid-twentieth century. It suggests that, for good or ill, by the mid-twentieth century British-style education had become an integral part of middle-class Caribbean culture. Over this period West Indians of color became an increasingly involved in formal education as pupils, teachers, and administrators, first in primary schools, and eventually in secondary schools, where British culture was a particularly significant part of daily life. The value West Indians placed on British-style education was informed by their astute recognition of the practical uses of such education in admitting them to positions — economic and social — they could not otherwise attain in a colonial environment. But West Indians also valued British-style education because as members of the empire, indeed, as Caribbean Britons, they saw it as their own inheritance.

Keywords: British culture; Caribbean Britons; education; pupils; primary schools; race; secondary schools; status; teachers

Chapter.  14707 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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