By David L. Burton
Despite their boundaries and absence of facilities, rural faculties fulfilled their undertaking. They introduced schooling inside of jogging (or driving) distance of approximately each Missourian. This was once 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 essential 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 method made it attainable for faculties to consolidate and shipping scholars to greater, extra centralized faculties. no matter what its shortcomings can have been, the one-room tuition served a necessary functionality within the evolution of Missouri’s public schooling method and within the total social and monetary improvement of the country.
This booklet profiles the one-room colleges that stood in Greene County, Mo. It additionally records those who are nonetheless status and offers either ancient truth and the tales of former scholars and academics 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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