Fall/automne 2009
Articles

“A Natural Outcome of Free Schools”: The Free Text-Book Branch in British Columbia 1908–1949

Penney Clark
University of British Columbia
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Yesman Post
University of British Columbia
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Published December 3, 2009
Keywords
  • textbooks,
  • textbook provision,
  • politics of education
How to Cite
Clark, Penney, and Yesman Post. 2009. “‘A Natural Outcome of Free Schools’: The Free Text-Book Branch in British Columbia 1908–1949”. Historical Studies in Education / Revue d’histoire De l’éducation 21 (2). https://historicalstudiesineducation.ca/hse/index.php/edu_hse-rhe/article/view/1780.

Abstract

Impetus for the 1908 establishment of the Free Text-Book Branch in British Columbia arose from three sources: a new emphasis on social reform in the nation as a whole; the vibrant state of the province’s economy; and political pressure instigated by parents, their School Trustee representatives, and organized labour, supported by the Vancouver School Board and City Council. It represented a concerted effort to provide equality of educational opportunity to all students enrolled in the public school system. In spite of the diverse array of challenges encountered, it was a change whose time had come.