Country School Memories

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Small isolated country schools were the major educational institution in rural America for more than two hundred fifty years until they were replaced by consolidated schools by the second half of the twentieth century. Country School Memories uses the techniques of oral history to capture ehe insights of forty-seven individuals who had participated in the one-room school experience as teachers or students during the period from 1900-1955. Beginning with an overview of rural education during the twentieth century, the authors analyze the distinctive pedagogy of rural schoolteachers, the character of the teachers, and the culture of the schools. They discuss the school consolidation movement that ended the reign of one-room schoolhouses and draw conclusions about lessons that can be learned by contemporary educators from old-time schools.

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Drawn from interviews with people in Lehigh Country, Pennsylvania, about their memories of one-room and two-room schools. The institutions were ubiquitous in the rural US until the 1920's when reformers decided they were Primitive and needed to be replaced with Modern schools based on urban and suburban models. Thus now students in the countryside are bussed long distances, and for long times, to consolidated schools. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

ROBERT L. LEIGHT is Professor Emeritus of Lehigh University, College of Education.

ALICE DUFFY RINEHART is Professor Emerita of Lehigh University, College of Education.

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Table of Contents

1 The One-Room, One-Teacher School 1
2 Seven Oral Histories 17
3 Teaching and Learning in the One-Room School 59
4 Schoolhouse Memories 93
5 Lessons Learned from the One-Room School 127
App. A Persons Interviewed 143
App. B Schools Attended or Where They Taught 145
Bibliography 147
Index 151
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