By David L. Burton
Despite their barriers and shortage of facilities, rural colleges fulfilled their venture. They introduced schooling inside of jogging (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 colleges could have supplied in basic terms the barest rudiments of schooling yet they have been additionally the social heart for fledgling groups. The schoolhouse used to be a meeting position for every little thing from pie suppers and church conferences to vacation and political occasions. Such gatherings have been a necessary 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 approach made it attainable for colleges to consolidate and shipping scholars to greater, extra centralized faculties. no matter what its shortcomings can have been, the one-room college served a necessary functionality within the evolution of Missouri’s public schooling approach and within the total social and financial improvement of the nation.
This ebook profiles the one-room faculties that stood in Greene County, Mo. It additionally records those who are nonetheless status and offers either old truth and the tales of former scholars and lecturers at these one-room schools.
This publication is a "must-have" for any historian from the Ozarks that's attracted to neighborhood history.
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