By M. Patricia Connelly
Feminist struggles have specific company capital, male-dominated social constructions, and patriarchal principles and tradition. the competition with the nation, even though, has supplied the main massive concentration. the general public area is an company of significant numbers of girls; girls are the most important shoppers of kingdom companies; the nation regulates either the capitalist economic climate and the personal loved ones; fight with the kingdom has caused switch that's beneficial to women's lives. Or has it? This assortment seems to be at struggles in schooling, future health care, and welfare in Canada, Latin the USA, and Europe. It contains 13 brilliantly nuanced reviews from front strains of the feminist revolution. In those debts the contradictions of women's struggles are made transparent. every one victory has its sufferers. kingdom reforms bring about new contradictions and supply new terrain for the fight. Readers of this booklet may be uncovered to various modes of knowing the kingdom. they'll enhance their figuring out of ways the fight opposed to the nation is to be formed. and they're going to be energised to hold at the fight.
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CHAPTER 2 The Incorporation of Public School Teachers into the Industrial Order: British Columbia in the First Half of the TwentiethCentury TERRYWOTHERSPOON ublic school teachers are centrally implicated in current demands for educational reform. Claims that they must be held accountable for their contribution to declining educational standards and the lack of relevance in schools, however, are not new. Nor do teachers lack the means to respond. Over the past several decades, teachers and their organizations have become sophisticated in their engagement in the complex dynamics of collective bargaining, political lobbying and the delivery of professional services.
Two competing and internally contradictory images of teaching prevailed from the 1920s through the 1940s. One, promoted by educational officials, administrators and teacher leaders who advocated educational progressivism, portrayed teaching as a scientifically trained profession centrally involved in an apolitical endeavour to prepare individuals for life in a changing corporate order. The other, loosely shared by classroom teachers, many school trustees and school officials dedicated to existing educational hierarchies, emphasized that teaching should be more responsive to daily community concerns than to the service of a distant state.
U Educational managers, employing technical analysis of school district operations adopted from scientific management, defined, measured and rearranged necessary tasks to increase productivity and thereby reduce the size of the teaching force and overall system costs. The technical reorganization of schooling was more easily accomplished in urban man in rural areas. Vancouver, Victoria and New Westminster, as the primary centres for trade, commerce and 28 FEMINISM, POLITICAL ECONOMY AND THE STATE government business, had sufficient populations and revenue bases to support different school programs and large, complex systems of school organization.