By David L. Burton
Despite their obstacles and shortage of facilities, rural colleges fulfilled their project. They introduced schooling inside of strolling (or using) distance of approximately each Missourian. This was once definitely the case in Greene County, Mo., which had 124 one-room colleges working in 1905.
The earliest Missouri faculties could have supplied in simple 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 conversation 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 street method made it attainable for faculties to consolidate and delivery scholars to bigger, extra centralized colleges. no matter what its shortcomings can have been, the one-room university served a necessary functionality within the evolution of Missouri’s public schooling procedure and within the total social and financial improvement of the kingdom.
This ebook profiles the one-room faculties that stood in Greene County, Mo. It additionally records those who are nonetheless status and gives either ancient 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 drawn to neighborhood history.
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