By David L. Burton
Despite their obstacles and absence of facilities, rural colleges fulfilled their challenge. They introduced schooling inside of strolling (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 can have supplied in simple terms the barest rudiments of schooling yet they have been additionally the social heart 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 important resource of verbal exchange in rural groups, and so they 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 delivery scholars to greater, extra centralized colleges. no matter what its shortcomings could have been, the one-room tuition served an essential functionality within the evolution of Missouri’s public schooling procedure and within the total social and financial improvement of the kingdom.
This booklet profiles the one-room colleges 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 academics 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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