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Book Note: Ian Hay, The Lighter Side of School Life

I read this book about 2-Feb-2011. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1914. This note was last modified Wednesday, 09-Feb-2011 17:57:36 PST.

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A series of essays about life at Public Schools, from the point of views of boys, masters, and heads. From Project Gutenberg.

There's a particularly amusing essay about the imposition of the standardized testing scheme in Great Britain, as viewed by headmasters who feel it's an attempt to take over their schools. There's also a lot of discussion of the lengths students will go to to appear not to work, because apparently that's terribly socially important.

I didn't get as much as I might have out of the discussion of other books about schools; I hadn't read enough. Kipling, and I know a bit about Tom Brown, and that's a bout it. This predated Wodehouses school stories, for example.

Very much a period piece of course, but from a period I have an affinity for (and the early end of it, which I don't know so much about).

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