Sunday, September 12, 2010

Good workers and homemakers

Edith in a formal evening off the shoulder.


This little tidbit from a 1913 Gazette is interesting. It talks about a Labour Magazine condemning the Duchess of Marlborough for saying that the country's problems were caused in large part by the failure of the elementary school system to turn out good workers and homemakers.

What does a Duchess know about such things? How dare she speak? And yet, about the same time, Canada's Royal Commission on Industrial Training and Technical Education, led by J.W. Robertson and a few other men of stature, came out with EXACTLY the same recommendations.

That Manual Training and Courses for Homemakers be put in the schools.

I quote: The homes are the units on which civilization is based and out of which it grows. For every reason it is important that girls and young women should be given a vocational ability for homemaking and housekeeping. The influence of the homes on the children is direct and continuous. Good homes minister to the welfare of people by ensuring conditions under which the children may be healthy, wholesome, and happy and be directed toward the exercise of right ambitions and aspirations. The effect of the home on the level of the community is like the influence of the moon on the level of the sea.

In another blog, I quote another person claiming at the ills of industrialization (mass migration to cities) can be fixed by 1) giving men jobs 2) by training women to be good housekeepers.