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MikeT    Posted 12-15-2004 at 14:57:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Been reading the various educational problems posted here and reflecting back on my grade school which had two rooms, 8 grades, and two teachers.

There were some advantages to that arrangement. First, with 4 grades in one room, kids of one grade would absorb what was being taught to the other grades. That put those that were interested a leap ahead of where they would be otherwise. Basically, you had the same stuff drummed into your head for 4 years!

With the same kids for 4 years and for all classes, the teacher got to know each kid and how to deal with them and get the most out of them.

Also, you got to see the discipline handed out to others in all 4 grades. That definitely had an impact, especially on the younger grades.

I especially remember Friday afternoons when each room would choose up sides and have spelling bees, math games, geography games, and any other educational games the teachers could dream up. We would choose up sides and there were rules that leveled the playing field among the grades. We wanted so desperately to beat the other side!

Anyway, that formed the basis for my math and science background. I went on to a larger high school (200 in one grade!!!) then on to college (after the army) where I majored in Engineering.

Basically, I think the teachers cared so much more back then. I had one in particular that was a very good mentor that I will never forget.


Les    Posted 12-15-2004 at 15:06:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I never went to grammar school with less than 3 grades in a room. First two years were in a one-room school with 4 grades, one teacher, no plumbing. When I went into 3rd grade, the town built a new central school, three teachers for 8 grades. Plumbing, too! WOooowee!
My high school class had 31 in it. That was two whole towns and part of another one. (I was in the "other" one.)


MikeT    Posted 12-15-2004 at 15:11:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We had plumbing. We'd run PLUMB up the hill to the outhouse for a potty break. If we had to go during class, we had to stay in during the next recess.


Les    Posted 12-15-2004 at 18:21:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our "outhouse" was inside the building. Long way down to the bottom. The wind always blew UP through that hole. Very pleasant, especially when it was cold, which it seems like it always was. (Yeah, right.)
By gum, there'd better not be a drop of anything on that seat when you finished your business or you'd have he!! to pay.
Around behind the building, there wasn't much room between the back of the building (that's where the terlits were) and the fence. We weren't allowed to pass through there. Right behind the fence, there was a steep dropoff to a brook. Needless to say, we weren't allowed anywhere near that brook.


midway    Posted 12-15-2004 at 15:48:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
(1935-38) One room school name of "White Oak" near Wellsville, Mo., 8 students, one teacher, seems as if one year she would teach grades 1,3,5,and 7. Next year it was 2,4,6,and 8. Never forget an incident.... we were out playing at recess, the teacher had a very bad cold. She came out and rang her hand bell for us to come in. As we were going past her, I said to my buddy that she was really "hoarse". The next thing I knew she had hit me in the head with that bell. She thought I had called her a "horse". Got inside and had set at my desk, then the girl next to me started yelling that I had blood coming down the side of my head. That bell had cut my head open. Sent me home (walk 1 3/4 miles) and the people I was staying with never said a word to her about hitting me. (Back then it was "you must have done something to deserve it") And yes, those outhouses were really cold in the winter time, and full of wasps in the summertime. Toilet paper??? not on scene back then, it was a Sears-Roebuck or Montgomery-Ward catalog!! Aaahh the good old days !!!!!!! LOL


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