Someone to Teach Them: York and the Great University Explosion, 1960 -1973 by John T. SaywellSomeone to Teach Them: York and the Great University Explosion, 1960 -1973 by John T. Saywell

Someone to Teach Them: York and the Great University Explosion, 1960 -1973

byJohn T. Saywell

Hardcover | May 24, 2008

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From the early 1960s to the 1970s, the province of Ontario witnessed an explosion in university enrolment. So dramatic was the increase that there were neither the institutions nor the faculty in place to meet the demand. In response, a dozen new universities from Trent in the southeast to Lakehead in the northwest were established, and faculty had to be recruited wherever they could be found. It was the events and developments of this decade, many argue, that created the university system that exists in Ontario today.

Someone to Teach Them is an insider's account of this period as told by historian John T. Saywell. As Dean of Arts at York University from 1963 to 1973, Saywell witnessed the expansion of the university from 500 students in 1963 to 7000 by 1970, and the many changes it took to accommodate such a change. York managed to recruit the necessary faculty, he writes, but the large number of American instructors led to a radical attack on the so-called Americanization of the universities. Saywell also elucidates the adverse effect that the reduction of government funding and enrolment had on the administration of the university in the 1970s.

Featuring many of the elements of personal memoir, this is also a thoroughly researched account of a critical decade for the history of education in Ontario.

John T. Saywell was University Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at York University.
Title:Someone to Teach Them: York and the Great University Explosion, 1960 -1973Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.3 × 6.27 × 1.09 inPublished:May 24, 2008Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802098274

ISBN - 13:9780802098276

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Table of Contents


1 A Fork in the Road: The Move to York University
2 From Illusions to Realities, 1959–1963
3 The ‘College System’: A Sacred Myth
4 ‘General Education’: Flawed Design, Rich Legacy
5 ‘Someone Will Have to Teach Them’
6 ‘The Imperialists: It’s Good to Know They’re in Town’
7 Students: Prisoners, Clients, or Partners?
8 Questions of Quality
9 The Politics of the Presidency, 1969–1970
10 You Win Some, You Lose Some: Creating the Faculty of Education
11 Other New Faculties
12 The Dean’s Chair
13 The Party Is Over, 1972
14 An Unnecessary Tragedy, 1972–1973
Reflections: Then and Now

A Note on Sources