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Bonds of EmpireWest Indians and Britishness from Victoria to Decolonization$
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Anne Spry Rush

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588558

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588558.001.0001

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Business as Usual

Business as Usual

Caribbean Britishness in West Indian Schools

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Bonds of Empire

Anne Spry Rush

Oxford University Press

This chapter, the last to deal with schooling, explores the complex educational ties between Britain and the Caribbean after the Second World War. It suggests that the value West Indians placed on British-style schooling continued to affect the nature of Caribbean education into the post-war period, from curricula and textbooks to exams and administrative structures. At the same time the social and political circumstances of wartime and the immediate post-war period created a situation in which West Indians and native Britons forged new connections (economic, social and cultural) in education, even as they attempted to withdraw from each other's influence. In secondary and university education, which were particularly bound up with West Indian ideas of status, these ties remained particularly strong, but even after independence the legacy of Britishness remained potent in all levels of education in the region.

Keywords:   British-style schooling, Britishness, Caribbean education, curricula, educational ties, exams, independence, secondary education, textbooks, university education

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