War and its Aftermath—Professional Development
Sadly, through lack of teacher training and public misunderstanding, the 1935 innovations of Dr. King are dead. For education, it is again “Back to Basics”. They revived emphasis on vocational, and technical education got its real start during the World War II when the obvious need for Canada to become a manufacturing nation made the training of skilled manpower a necessity.
With many School Districts averaging only 39 students each in 1944, curriculum options are minimal. High Schools are still too few and too far away for most rural students to attend.
Teachers have always been the main-stay of the Department of Education’s Curriculum Committee. Nevertheless the government has never granted the Federation representation as of right on this committee.
For the first time the government invites a Federation member, Bernard Gillie, in his role as President, to represent the Federation on the Curriculum Committee.
The Federation accepts, but continues to push for the right to nominate its own representatives.
The government invites the Federation to send as its representative the chairman of the Federation’s Curriculum Committee.
Again, the Federation accepts this working relationship, but will continue to demand the right to nominate its own representatives.
From: A Short
Story of the BCTF
Attributed to Stanley Heywood, circa 1978; held in BCTF Archives