ERIC Number: ED240024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct-16
Reference Count: 0
Schools, Religion and Language among German Catholics of St. Peter's Colony, Saskatchewan 1903-1918.
White, Clinton O.
Flaws in the literature regarding the use of schools by German Roman Catholics in Western Canada as vehicles to perpetuate the German language and Catholic religion are pointed out and corrected. The educational system in St. Peter's colony was not uniform, as portrayed by many scholars, but pluralistic. Three types of schools were in use--two separate, a large number private, but the vast majority public. While some children attended Catholic private schools, most attended the public or separate institutions. The teachers in the schools differed. In private schools, teachers were mainly German-Americans; in public schools they were usually Canadians who had originated in the British Isles. The curriculum in the primary schools varied. Practically all children received religious instruction, but there were wide variations. A minority obtained a substantial amount, the majority anywhere from none to half an hour a day. Finally, bilingual education was not very common. While children in private schools received at least half of their lessons in German, most public school teachers were not fluent in that language. (RM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on the History of Education (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 14-16, 1983).