By Andrew Gulliford
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Publicity in the National Retired Teachers Association Newsletter resulted in correspondence with retired teachers from all over the United States who sent manuscripts describing their years teaching in one-room rural schools. Information and photographs that appear in this book were previously published in American Heritage, Annals of Wyoming, Christian Science Monitor, Education Times, Education Week, History News, Humanities, People and Policy: A Journal of Humanistic Perspectives on Colorado Issues and Utah Preservation/Restoration.
And Kathleen M. Olson, curator, Fort Missoula Historical Museum, Missoula, Mont. I gratefully acknowledge permission to reprint quoted material from the following publishers and authors: American Association for State and Local History"Schoolhouse Reading: What You Can Learn from Your Rural School," by Fred E. H. Schroeder. History News, April 1981; Kearney State College Press"Poet in Residence at a Country School," by Donovan Welch. From The Rarer Game, copyright 1980; Nora Mohberg-AHome for Agate, by Nora Mohberg; John G.
It has no place in the highly complicated social life of today, in which competition is the keynote of the age. . " (Country Life and the Country School). In his influential book, Rural Life and Education (1914), Ellwood P. " At the beginning of the 19th century, some rural Americans had questioned the value of public education in small district schools, but by the beginning of the 20th century, those same schools had become an integral part of country life. As professional educators and school administrators pushed for consolidation, country schools were gradually abandoned.
Americas Country Schools by Andrew Gulliford