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Title: One-Room Schools of the Middle West: An ...
Publisher: University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.
Publication Date: 1994
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
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The Midwest's one-room schools were, Fuller observes, the most democratic in the nation. Located in small, independent school districts, these schools virtually wiped out illiteracy, promoted democratic values, and opened up new vistas beyond the borders of their students' lives. Entire communities, Fuller shows, revolved around these schools. At various times they were used as churches, polling places, sites of political caucuses, and meeting halls for local organizations. But as America urbanized and the movement to consolidate took hold in rural counties, these little centers of learning were left at the margins of the educational system. Some were torn down, some left to weather away, some sold at auction, and still others transformed into museums. Despite its demise, Fuller argues, here was a school system that worked. His book offers a timely reminder of what schools can accomplish when communities work closely together to educate their children.From the Back Cover:
"Fuller is the nation's authority on the history of rural education. He offers in this volume new insights into the rise and fall of one-room schools and shows how they fostered a sense of community, parental support, and grass roots democracy. His book will have a strong appeal for college courses in rural history, social history, and the history of education; yet it is also very accessible for a much wider general audience. . . . A remarkable achievement."--William J. Reese, editor of History of Education Quarterly and author of The Social History of American Education
"Told with economy and grace, Fuller's study should spur the burgeoning interest nationwide in the recognition, recreation, and preservation of our rural school heritage. It could become a virtual bible among local and state societies committed to preserving this heritage."--David L. Angus, School of Education, University of Michigan
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