A Changing World: Education in New Brunswick

 

Introduction

During the second half of the 19th century Acadia made perceptible progress in the field of education. Acadian boys and girls setting out for school in the early morning had no idea of the issues at stake. Some people were affected more than others by the unsettled state of affairs in the education system: the teacher denied her rightful place in the new school, the parish priest aware that Acadian schoolchildren did not have an equal chance, the provincial civil servant who wanted to help by confronting the problem but lacked the resources to do anything.

A number of New Brunswickers succeeded in bringing about decisive changes that were to tip the balance in favour of better education in their province. What Acadians needed better-trained teachers, school books in French, and the tools and resources vital for classrooms: a good education was the guarantee of their future.