This site is a collaborative effort intended to present the nature of education in Nanaimo during the 1960's. However unique and relevant, local reflections are merely fragments of the larger picture. For our purposes, however, the educational focus and philosophy will primarily reflect provincial and local perspectives. This study's narrow scope presents a dichotomy between the official version of the progressive standards, the ideologies, and the curriculum in British Columbia's schools. The reality of these institutions is heard through the voices of First Nations, retired teachers, and alternative school experiences, as well as mainstream education.

Cultural implications in the experience of childhood education are immeasurable and distinctly different for each individual. The decade's timeline and articles feature locally relevant issues that provide a synopsis of noteworthy events that influenced people and imprinted memories. Due to the subjective nature of childhood and schools, a collective educational experience is an illusion. Our intention is to provide enough information for the reader to envision the transformations and tensions in education during the 1960's.

Group participants: Arlette Bowman, Michelle Bryant, Valerie Hodge, Dana Moen, Andrea Saam and Diane Shortt

This website was developed as a research project for History 349 - Education and Childhood in Canada -- Spring 1998 semester. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Dr. Patrick Dunae, History Department, Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo, B.C.