By David L. Burton
Despite their obstacles and shortage of facilities, rural colleges fulfilled their venture. They introduced schooling inside of strolling (or driving) distance of approximately each Missourian. This used to be definitely the case in Greene County, Mo., which had 124 one-room faculties working in 1905.
The earliest Missouri faculties could have supplied simply the barest rudiments of schooling yet they have been additionally the social middle for fledgling groups. The schoolhouse was once a meeting position for every thing from pie suppers and church conferences to vacation and political occasions. Such gatherings have been an important resource of verbal exchange in rural groups, they usually helped knit jointly the scattered population.
Today, the one-room schoolhouse with its smoky range, water bucket and outhouse is a fading reminiscence. The emergence of a statewide highway process made it attainable for colleges to consolidate and delivery students to greater, extra centralized faculties. no matter what its shortcomings can have been, the one-room tuition served an essential functionality within the evolution of Missouri’s public schooling method and within the total social and fiscal improvement of the nation.
This ebook profiles the one-room faculties that stood in Greene County, Mo. It additionally files those who are nonetheless status and gives either old truth and the tales of former scholars and lecturers at these one-room schools.
This ebook is a "must-have" for any historian from the Ozarks that's attracted to neighborhood history.
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