Growing Up Canadian: School

Growing Up Canadian: School

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Growing up has become marked in school years but at the beginning of the 20th century most children attended primary school only. This bygone era is wonderfully evoked by still photos and archival film showing what children studied and where, from the one-room schoolhouse to a railway car.

School in the 1940s and '50s is brought to life through interviews with adults who remember the first day at kindergarten, feared and loved teachers and encounters with the strap. The '60s and '70s brought television into the classroom and the concept of the open school, which changed the actual building.

School is one of a 6-part series entitled Growing Up Canadian. These documentaries explore the myths and realities of Canadian childhood through family life, schooling, work, play, health and the media. The series marks the contribution of childhood and youth experience in defining Canada as it grew into full nationhood in the 20th century.

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Growing Up Canadian: School, Sheila Petzold, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • executive producer
    Sheila Petzold
    Ken Stewart
    Marcel Clément
  • producer
    Hoda Elatawi
  • series creator
    Sheila Petzold
  • director
    Sheila Petzold
  • writer
    Sheila Petzold
    Susan Terrill
  • participant
    Lundy Befrene
    Steve Benjamin
    Henry Bishop
    Anna Bonokoski
    Carl Brewer
    Marilyn Buffalo
    Hinson Calabrese
    Wayson Choy
    John C. Crosbie
    Melanie Doane
    Ken Dryden
    Mabel Geary
    Barbara Gowdy
    Fred Greaves
    Denis F. Mildon
    Jack Harrison
    Don Hillman
    Elizabeth Hillman
    Rosemary House
    George Jordan
    Sarah Kapoor
    Noel Knockwood
    Joy Kogawa
    Myrna Kostash
    Clare Laking
    Christina Lamey
    Kay Lorente
    Greg Malone
    Bob Mellor
    Paul Métivier
    Matthew Mitchell
    Aiko Murakami
    Mary Pratt
    Edith Samuel Manierka
    Mary Sexton
    Karen Shopsowitz
    Hellie Wilson
    Caroline Woodside
    Jamie Zeppa
  • narration writer
    Sheila Petzold
    Susan Terrill
    Jamie Zeppa
  • narrator
    Becky Rynor
  • interviews
    Susan Terrill
    Sheila Petzold
  • original concept
    Sam Kula
  • director of photography
    Karl Roeder
  • music composer
    Andrew Huggett
  • off-line editor
    Tiffany Beaudin
    Douglas von Rosen
    Richard Millen
  • online editor
    Tiffany Beaudin
    Marie-Claude Gagnon
  • graphic designer
    Ron Allen
  • production manager
    Shelley Coultish
    Kate Yule
  • production coordinator
    Shannan Thomson
  • additional interview
    Andrea Hossack
  • script editor
    Sheila Petzold
    Susan Terrill
    Penny McCann
  • archival research
    Vivian Hanwell
    Kate Keating
    Kate Yule
    Erin Brophy
    Jillian Pranger
  • research
    Helen Dundass
    Jody Nassr
    Isobel Ripley
  • additional research
    Shelley Coultish
    Pam Gaffield
    Sophia Geeves
    Dave Pyette
    Fern Graham
    Lea Robinson
    Theresa Rowat
    Susan Villeneuve
  • content consultant
    Barbara Freeman
    David McDonald
  • sound engineer
    Robin Dumas
  • sound recordist
    Eldy Gouthro
    Peter Kettlewell
    Kate Kechnie
    Larry MacDonald
    Jane Porter
    Vaughn Rowsell
    Don Stewart
    Douglas von Rosen
  • additional camera operator
    Mike Tien
    Roland Pirker
    Raymond Hagel
  • production services
    Derek McClintock
  • grip
    Don Black
    Lewis Hill
    Marcus Hutchings
    Mathew Reid
    John Roche
    Henrietta Veerman
    Chris Anderson
  • assistant sound engineer
    Dan Sidoli
  • post-production services
    Nancy Bissonnette
  • post-production intern
    Maliha Hamidee
  • production accountant
    Cheryl Williams
  • production assistant
    Jason Claude
    Kathy Dunphy
    Sophia Geeves
    Henrietta Veerman
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