What Our High Schools Could Be...: A Teacher's Reflections from the 60's to the 90's

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This book relates the remarkably varied experiences of a man whose career reads like an index of progressive educational developments in late-twentieth century Ontario.

Bob Davis has taught in a military academy; in a treatment centre for disturbed children; in an alternative community school; in a university (OISE); and for 23 years in two Metro Toronto high schools. He has co-founded and edited This Magazine Is About Schools and Mudpie: Growing Up in Ontario. He led picket lines and co-organized a successful six-month occupation of a University of Toronto building.

Bod Davis maintains "All means prove but a blunt instrument if they have not behind them a living spirit." What Our High Schools Could Be... shows how his career embodied that spirit.

An Our Schools/Our Selves book.
 

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Contents

The Life Behind The Skills
1
Getting To Browndale
30
The Everdale Place
41
Wheres The School?
57
Trying To Teach Canadian History
79
Professionals and Unionists
99
Sifted Sorted Slotted and Streamed
117
Teaching Streamed Students
135
Rewriting the Curriculum
147
Beanbakes Models and Murals IV Propaganda and Point of View
170
Learning By Heart
179
War and Peace
191
Two Dogs The Diviners and Teenage Sex
203
Reaching Out To A Wider World
219
Copyright

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About the author (1990)

BOB DAVIS taught for 23 years in two high schools in Metro Toronto. He also co-founded and edited two education magazines, This Magazine Is About Schools and Mudpie: Growing Up in Ontario.

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