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The Last Stand: Schools, Communities and the Future of Rural Nova Scotia

The hour is late and the clock is ticking for rural and small town communities in Nova Scotia.  School closures capture the news headlines, but they signal a more profound development: the gradual, yet relentless, decline in rural populations, and a demographic shift that threatens to extinguish what remains of rural communities in Nova Scotia.  In The Last Stand, Paul W. Bennett responds to the looming crisis with a new, more accountable, efficient, and sustainable model of public schooling. 

It is time to revitalize rural Nova Scotian communities by reversing the dominant trend toward centralized, bureaucratic school systems.  Schools must be transformed, once again, into vital community hubs. Suspending the divisive School Review process will accomplish little, Bennett demonstrates, unless it leads to building smaller community schools, supporting innovative local enterprises, modelling sustainable living practices and providing community-based education on a more human scale.

For further information, contact Fernwood Publishinginfo@fernpub.ca or 902.857.1388 To place an order and reserve a copy, contact : Brunswick Books, Phone: 416.703.3598, Email: orders@brunswickbooks.ca

Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities: The Contested Schoolhouse in Maritime Canada, 1850 to 2010

Traditional schoolhouses and neighbourhood schools are disappearing at an alarming rate, making way for 'big box' schools that serve multiple communities and adhere to the logic of modernization, centralization and uniformity. InVanishing Schools, Threatened Communitiesauthor Paul W. Bennett explores the phenomenon of school closures, focusing on Maritime Canada from 1850 until the present day. 
Here is a lively, stimulating book that examines the rise of common schooling from local, one-room schoolhouses that encouraged local democratic control through to the rise of "super-sized" schools governed by a vast bureaucracy that silences public participation. Though the public has not always remained silent, local 'save our schools' movements have not succeeded in halting the march of 'progress.' 
Bennett sets out, in this colourful history of schools, to remind us of the principles that formed the basis of the public education system, and urges us to return to these principles in order to better serve the needs of our children and our communities.

For further information, contact Fernwood Publishinginfo@fernpub.ca or 902.857.1388 To place an order and reserve a copy, contact : Brunswick Books, Phone: 416.703.3598, Email: orders@brunswickbooks.ca

 


The Grammar School: Striving for Excellence in a Public School World

The fascinating story of Canada’s only “Grammar School” is told for the first time in a new book written by Paul W. Bennett and published by Formac Publishing of Halifax. Entitled The Grammar School: Striving for Excellence in a Public School World, the book provides a rare look at the Halifax Grammar School’s titanic early struggle for survival and how its fate ebbed and flowed with changes in the Nova Scotia public education system.

Here’s a book for educators and anyone interested in the ongoing debate over the state of education. 

A paperback edition was released September 1, 2009 and is currently available for $19.95 per copy in both chain and independent bookstores. A Special Limited Edition is also available through the Halifax Grammar School. for $35.00 per copy, including taxes, with cheques payable to The Halifax Grammar SchoolTo place an order, visit HGS or order online at thehgsshop@hgs.ns.ca  All proceeds from the book sales are donated to the HGS Jubilee Endowment Fund.