More than one hundred stories capture the flavor of the country, the spirit of "the boys," and all of the uniqueness, curiosity, and wonderment of children
Offering a glimpse at the values that built this country, The One-Room Schoolhouse is a poignant, engaging, beautiful and heart-warming tribute to an enduring slice of Americana. From 1750 through about 1950, the one-room schoolhouse was a common fixture on the American landscape, with as many as 200,000 in total across the land. Today, approximately 450 one-room schoolhouses are still in use. Despite the decline in numbers, it remains a powerful presence, and its mere mention conjures up feelings of warmth and nostalgia for a long ago time. The One-Room Schoolhouse pays homage to this American icon and is a tour of these structures still standing, detailing the best examples from the forty-eight contiguous states. Exploring working schools, some in existence for more than 100 years, schools restored as historic museums, and schools converted into private residences, The One-Room Schoolhouse touches and inspires us by sharing "conversations" with past and present one-room schoolhouse teachers.
Have you ever wondered what it was like to attend a one-room school, to be in the same classroom as your older brother or younger sister, or to have your teacher live with your family for part of the school year? In One Room Schools, Susan Apps-Bodilly chronicles life in Wisconsin’s early country schools, detailing the experiences of the students, the role of the teacher, and examples of the curriculum, including the importance of Wisconsin School of the Air radio programs. She describes the duties children had at school besides their schoolwork, from cleaning the erasers and sweeping cobwebs out of the outhouse to carrying in wood for the stove. She also tells what led to the closing of the one room schools, which were more than just centers of learning: they also served as the gathering place for the community. Susan Apps-Bodilly drew from the research compiled by her father Jerry Apps for his book, One-Room Country Schools: History and Recollections. Apps-Bodilly has geared her book toward young readers who will learn what students and their teacher did on cold mornings before the wood stove warmed them up. They also will find out how to play recess games like Fox and Geese and Anti-I-Over and will learn the locations of 10 former one room schools that can be toured. Apps-Bodilly also encourages readers to ask themselves what lessons can be learned from these early schools that have application for today’s schools? One Room Schools will transport young readers back in time and make their grandparents and others of that generation nostalgic—perhaps even prompting them to share memories of their school days.
The story of Montana's one-room schoolhouses, as recollected and recounted by those most intimately connected to those places, is the story of the American frontier and the high value placed on education by those who came to homestead, mine, or work the railroads. It is a story of the Western spirit and of a culture marked by tenacity and endurance. These stories told by students and teachers, many of whom are now in their eighties or nineties tell of adventures traveling to and from school, the school day, recess games, family life, daily chores, and above all, the sense of community, as defined by these iconic humble schoolhouses. Their voices share memories and perspectives about a way of life, gone for the most part, and breathe life into these visions of rural heritage. The preservation of one-room schoolhouses is important, as they are among Montana's first frontier structures. These treasures inform us about ourselves our history and our culture through the people who learned and taught in them. One hundred percent of the net proceeds of this book will be donated to the Preserve Montana Fund, a campaign of collaboration between the Montana Preservation Alliance, the Montana History Foundation, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This donation will serve to create a challenge grant, earmarked for Montana's endangered one-room schoolhouses.
The Miller one-room elementary school located ten miles west of York, Pa., along route 30. It is probably a fallacy to equate education with the number of years spent within the halls of a schoolhouse, particulary when the school year varies from several weeks to several weeks to several months. Students who spend eight, ten or twelve years in school find that they are not prepared for potential employment, nor for the solution of life's knotty problems.
Sandy has completed her third book in her trilogy, which aims to tell history with humor, as well as the teachings and learnings of old one-room schoolhouse, their teachers, and students. She uses the voices of impersonated buildings and lively animals to tell the short stories. The personified characters take part in sharing historical events and themes that portray the importance of faith and kindness.
This newly revised edition describes how building a school was a priority once an early community became established. Students of all ages shared one teacher and the same four walls year after year. A One-Room School describes how the teacher, a respected member of the community, was entrusted with the responsibility of teaching reading, �riting, and �rithmetic. Children will enjoy seeing inside a one-room schoolhouse and discovering: what subjects students learned, how children were disciplined by the teacher, games boys and girls enjoyed during recess, games, songs, and activities they can participate in.
A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere: this is the goal of the Khan Academy, a passion project that grew from an ex-engineer and hedge funder's online tutoring sessions with his niece, who was struggling with algebra, into a worldwide phenomenon. Today millions of students, parents, and teachers use the Khan Academy's free videos and software, which have expanded to encompass nearly every conceivable subject; and Academy techniques are being employed with exciting results in a growing number of classrooms around the globe. Like many innovators, Khan rethinks existing assumptions and imagines what education could be if freed from them. And his core idea-liberating teachers from lecturing and state-mandated calendars and opening up class time for truly human interaction-has become his life's passion. Schools seek his advice about connecting to students in a digital age, and people of all ages and backgrounds flock to the site to utilize this fresh approach to learning. In THE ONE WORLD SCHOOLHOUSE, Khan presents his radical vision for the future of education, as well as his own remarkable story, for the first time. In these pages, you will discover, among other things: How both students and teachers are being bound by a broken top-down model invented in Prussia two centuries ago Why technology will make classrooms more human and teachers more important How and why we can afford to pay educators the same as other professionals How we can bring creativity and true human interactivity back to learning Why we should be very optimistic about the future of learning. Parents and politicians routinely bemoan the state of our education system. Statistics suggest we've fallen behind the rest of the world in literacy, math, and sciences. With a shrewd reading of history, Khan explains how this crisis presented itself, and why a return to "mastery learning," abandoned in the twentieth century and ingeniously revived by tools like the Khan Academy, could offer the best opportunity to level the playing field, and to give all of our children a world-class education now. More than just a solution, THE ONE WORLD SCHOOLHOUSE serves as a call for free, universal, global education, and an explanation of how Khan's simple yet revolutionary thinking can help achieve this inspiring goal.
The quaint one-room schoolhouses dotting New Hampshire formed the backbone of the early Granite State education system. Education-minded communities began building these bare-bones schools in the late seventeenth century. In a modest log or clapboard structure, a single teacher faced the challenge of instructing students of all grades through farming seasons and the daily rigors of rural life. Often, these determined educators were limited to instructing students from whichever books pupils brought from home. Despite this, education was highly valued, and students trekked through the weather of all seasons and endured corporal discipline to become literate and learned. Author Bruce Heald explores the evolution of New Hampshire's one-room schoolhouses and shares the firsthand accounts and memories of former pupils.
On six remote, windblown Maine islands, the children are still educated in one-room schools. After two mainland one-room schools closed in 2009, these islands maintain the last taxpayer-funded public one-room elementary schools in the state. But despite very small student populations and sometimes shrinking communities, these remaining schools are not slated to close. Consolidation is impractical, a daily commute is usually impossible, island families are determined to keep their communities viable, and all agree that a school is a central part of a stable, year-round community. You might think that these tiny schools are an anachronism, offering an old-fashioned approach to education. You'd be wrong. They are among the most technologically savvy schools in the state and offer a culturally rich educational experience. They also have a lot in common with some one-room schools in Alaska, Montana, Colorado, and North Dakota. Author Eva Murray moved to Matinicus in 1987 to teach in the one-room school, married and raised a family on the island, and has served on the school board and volunteered in the school. She has traveled from island to island, collecting the stories that tell how these small communities promise their handful of children a modern education within the context of a specialized and sometimes extreme offshore lifestyle. The hows and whys will fascinate educators, and the details of island life will interest everyone.
This book compiles black and white photographs of 49 one-room (and occasionally two-room) schoolhouses in Arkansas. The book aims to share the vision of these special buildings that were so important in shaping the educational system, communities, and lives. An introduction describes the pinhole cameras that were used and how the different effects achieved in the photographs were a direct result of the the design and characteristics of the pinhole camera. There is one photograph of each school, with its name and a short description on the facing page. Descriptions include architectural features, present condition and use, and available history. The afterword comments on the special characteristics of one-room schools and their unique place in American history, and includes testimony from a former student of a one-room school and from a teacher who started her teaching career of over 30 years in a one-room school. Appendix lists the schools; their approximate locations; the type of camera, film, and filter used; and exposure times. (Td).
This sentimental yet scholarly look at an American institution preserves the one room school story before it vanishes forever. Once there were over 100 one room schools scattered throughout Morgan County, Colorado. Of the few that remain, most are in advanced stages of disrepair. These schoolhouses were often products of the Homesteading Act, when federal lands were opened for settlement. The farmers and ranchers who came to stake their claim all wanted their children to be educated. Morgan County was a region abundant in Homesteads. One-room schools, usually built by the community, were constructed every two to four miles. Generally, one teacher was hired to instruct grades one through eight. For over 75 years (from 1889-1965), these lonely sentinels of Morgan County provided education to that era's youth. Using a mixture of past and present photographs, this book is the ultimate resource for a comprehensive study of the one room schoolhouse through the microcosm of Morgan County.
A fond recollection of the West’s one-room school houses, this book celebrates an American institution with stories of heroism and perseverance. Illustrated with archival images of classrooms and students, One Room reflects the earnest striving and innocent hopes of pioneers forging communities. Learn about the unsung and yet mythical frontiersmen and women who “civilized” the west, the children who attended one-room schools, and the teachers who faced hardships on the frontier, including blizzards, fires, and teaching the three “R’s.”
Winner of City of Vancouver Heritage Award, 2001 Vancouver and Beyond is an anthology of 50 stories about British Columbia's Lower Mainland in the early years of the 20th century. These stories grew out of a prized collection of picture postcards. While some of the images are not all that uncommon, most of the pictures are rare survivors of the "golden age" of postcards, which encompassed the years between 1900 and 1914, the relatively short period when Vancouver ended its days as a frontier town and became a significant Canadian city.
In small towns across America, there are houses and buildings that have been standing for more than a century, some for as long as 300 years. Now you can replicate these architectural treasures in miniature and create your own historic village. With the patterns and easy-to-follow instructions provided in this enchanting book, you can make these buildings and more: A Victorian railroad station; A Mansard House; A Tudor manor house; A one-room schoolhouse; A general store; A log tavern; An Italianate mansion; A Federal-style town hall; A Victorian church; A Georgian house; A Pennsylvania German bank barn; and Outhouses.