The One-Room Schoolhouse
By: Varshni Murali
Exteriors and Interiors
- The schools were extremely simple in structure. Some schools were built using sod. However, they were extremely expensive to maintain, and this lead to the deterioration of one-room schoolhouses as the people living in rural areas dwindled.
- The water pump and restrooms were located outside the building, so to make use of either of these facilities the students had to venture outside.
- One-room schoolhouses were usually painted white. White paint was inexpensive when compared to other colors, and the farmers had little money to spare.
- Children of ages 5-16 attended one-room schoolhouses.
- Many children were unable to attend school on a regular basis. They had many responsibilities at home, and often had to help out on the farms.
- Some schools offered a high school education, while others sent children to public high schools after the students had attained their eight grade diplomas.
- One-room schoolhouses had three main subjects- reading, arithmetic, and writing. Writing was also known as penmanship.
- The schools were required to follow the state curriculum.
- The teachers were young, unmarried ladies. Some teachers were as young as seventeen. The teachers had to have good morals and go to church. They were required to teach all eight grades.
- At school, children learned responsibility and respect. Patriotism was also a major part of the curriculum. Children were taught how to be good citizens and benefit their communities in positive ways.
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