Hewing to Tradition

Anne Spry Rush

in Bonds of Empire

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588558
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728990 | DOI:
Hewing to Tradition

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This second chapter on education explores how, at mid-century, prominent West Indian educators worked to preserve the traditional British-style grammar school at the secondary level, resisting the efforts of British colonial officers to advance changes in curricula that officials believed would make it more relevant to Caribbean society and more useful to West Indian people. Utilizing reports from educators from the 1920s–40s it explores the roles of the imperial government, colonial officials, and West Indians in the education debate. It argues that West Indian educators resisted changes in part because they believed that traditional education would continue to be the key to advancement within the British social structure in which they lived, and in part because they considered British culture integral to their own identity. The value West Indians placed on British–style schooling would continue to affect the nature of Caribbean education into the post–war period.

Keywords: curricula; British–style schooling; British culture; Caribbean education; grammar school; identity; imperial government; reports; schooling; West Indian educators

Chapter.  9788 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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