A Lot to Learn: Girls, Women, and Education in the 20th by Helen Jefferson Lenskyj

By Helen Jefferson Lenskyj

It is a booklet of reports approximately schooling and women's lives--the author's and her mother's. it really is biography and autobiography written as social background. within the first part, Dr. Lenskyj provides the heritage for her mother's narrative, starting in 1832 while her grandfather arrived in Sydney. Australia, as a convict. She examines her personal girlhood reports within the Fifties as a toddler of operating classification mom and dad who used to be an interloper in a personal ladies' university. utilizing assets from Australian women's historical past, women's experiences, and significant social concept, she situates the 2 tales within the broader, Australian socio-cultural context of 1900 to 1960. The narrative then strikes to the Canadian academic context, documenting the interventions of moms eager about school-community activism within the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies within the Toronto Board of schooling, and the author's personal stories in a school-community council. the writer additionally examines lesbian and homosexual activism geared toward academic switch within the Eighties and Nineties, together with her personal position at the writing group that ready curriculum guidance on homophobia and sexual orientations for Toronto academics. eventually, Dr. Lenskyj displays on her studies given that 1986 as an brazenly lesbian professor on the Ontario Institute for reports in schooling, college of Toronto, and discusses advancements in anti-oppression educating within the college within the Nineties.

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A B A D S TA R T I N M Y L I F E B U T A H A P P Y E N D I N G ” as well as taking me on weekend outings. He usually complied with my requests to go swimming in summer and to feed the ducks in Centennial Park in winter. Even going “for a run to the pub” was considered “an outing,” especially if his destination was the Astra Hotel at Bondi Beach. He would park on Campbell Parade opposite the hotel, and I would stay in the car watching the waves while he had a quick drink with his mates. Driving to the airport to watch planes take off was another favourite activity, and later, in my preteen years, I went with him to baseball and soccer games—all non-traditional pastimes for middle-class girls of my age in the s.

Sometimes I would get as far as Taylor’s Square and the string would break and home I would come again. Apprenticeship in Domesticity Margaret received early training—again, not always pleasant—in thrifty household management. My Grandmother would send me back to the grocers with bad eggs, she would put them in a bucket of water and they would just float. How I hated taking them back, but I generally got them replaced ... Things were so very cheap, I would go to the fruit shop on Saturday and get a shilling’s worth of mixed fruit for the boarders’ Sunday dinner and there was nearly enough to last for the week.

He would park on Campbell Parade opposite the hotel, and I would stay in the car watching the waves while he had a quick drink with his mates. Driving to the airport to watch planes take off was another favourite activity, and later, in my preteen years, I went with him to baseball and soccer games—all non-traditional pastimes for middle-class girls of my age in the s. Mother and Daughter Having been born when my parents were older and had some savings, I was sent to a private school. From  to , I attended a prestigious, but at that time relatively inexpensive, girls’ school, Kambala Church of England Foundation School for Girls, in Rose Bay, the suburb adjacent to Vaucluse where I grew up.

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