Building on his previous work on the history of education and Methodism, John T. Smith’s new monograph explores clerical attitudes toward and involvement in nineteenth-century English elementary education, particularly the office of the teacher. Though Smith also pays attention to the attitudes of teachers toward clerics and examines how teachers experienced heavy-handed clerical management of elementary schools, Smith is at his best and is most original when writing from the clerical perspective. The result is a welcome new take on clerical-teacher relations, which historians of education have tended to write from the perspective of the teacher, often with little sympathy for or understanding of the clergy. This book offers a further corrective to previous scholarly work by exploring not only Anglican schools, clergy, and teachers but also those of Roman Catholics and Methodists.
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Bischof, Christopher. Review of A Victorian Class Conflict? Schoolteaching and the Parson, Priest and Minister, 1837-1902, by John T. Smith. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences, January 2012. http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=34532.