Spring / printemps 2016
Articles

Technical School in Toronto: Growing up in the Trades during the Second World War

John Allison
Schulich School of Education, NIpissing University
Bio
Published April 20, 2016
Keywords
  • technical education,
  • World War Two,
  • Ontario,
  • war,
  • industry,
  • labour,
  • secondary schools
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How to Cite
Allison, John. 2016. “Technical School in Toronto: Growing up in the Trades During the Second World War”. Historical Studies in Education / Revue d’histoire De l’éducation 28 (1). https://historicalstudiesineducation.ca/hse/index.php/edu_hse-rhe/article/view/4442.

Abstract

ABSTRACT

This article examines technical education in Toronto, Canada during the Second World War. Research on this topic reveals that there were enhanced links and patterns of interactions between the Toronto schools and the Canadian Armed Forces during the war. In particular, it was found that the war effort had a profound effect on technical education in Toronto because it strengthened links between the military and technical secondary schools, changed the curriculum and the school calendar, and helped attract technical students towards work in the armed forces and industry. The author examined these questions using primary sources from Toronto school archives and other City of Toronto archives.

RÉSUMÉ

Cet article s’intéresse à l’enseignement technique à Toronto (Canada) pendant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale. Cette recherche révèle qu’il y a eu des relations étroites et des modèles d’interactions entre les écoles torontoises et les Forces armées canadiennes durant la guerre. Entre autres, on a découvert que l’effort de guerre a eu des répercussions profondes sur l’enseignement spécialisé à Toronto. Il y a eu des rapprochements entre les militaires et les écoles techniques secondaires, on a modifié les programmes d’études et le calendrier scolaires et on a stimulé l’intérêt des élèves pour le travail dans l’armée et l’industrie. Cette recherche s’appuie sur des sources primaires provenant des archives des écoles torontoises et de la ville de Toronto.