The Homeroom is a gateway to information about the history of education and schools in British Columbia. Launched in 1997, this web site has been developed with contributions from teachers and students at British Columbia schools, colleges, and universities, and from independent scholars and writers. The British Columbia Archives and the Royal British Columbia Museum have also been important to The Homeroom.
In recent years, The Homeroom has featured a number of historical projects and activities. In 2002 we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the public school system in British Columbia. In 2002 we also marked 65 years of vocational education, 40 years of the community college system, and 20 years of public educational television in British Columbia. In 2003 we celebrated 100 years of post secondary education in Victoria and the 40th anniversary of the University of Victoria. In 2005 we marked the 40th anniversary of Simon Fraser University.In 2006, we observed the 60th anniversary of the Royal Commission on Educational Finance in British Columbia, generally known as the Cameron Commission report. The one-man Royal Commission and the landmark report by Dr. Maxwell A. Cameron resulted in significant amendments to the Public School Act of British Columbia and the advent of modern school districts in this province. A former school principal in Powell River, Dr. Cameron was Professor and Director of Education at The University of British Columbia prior to his death in 1951.
The Homeroom is a scholarly web site. For students and other academic researchers, see the section on how to cite material from The Homeroom web site.
The history of our web site design is outlined on Our Back Pages.