ERIC Number: ED211277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Wyoming's Country Schools. Comprehensive Report. Country School Legacy: Humanities on the Frontier.
Barthell, Robert J.
As an examination of the role played by rural schools in the history of the Wyoming frontier and the result of an effort to locate and preserve information related to country schools, this report is part of an eight-state research effort. Periodicals, unpublished manuscripts, school records and interviews with 19 Wyoming residents reveal details about Wyoming country schools as community centers, as historical sites, as part of the Americanization effort for ethnic groups, and as part of the current educational system. These sources also provide accounts of country school teachers (their training, roles, rules, and restrictions) and rural school curriculum, focusing on reading, writing, arithmetic, and recitation. "The most impressive thing about the interviews and documents gathered for this report is the sense of accomplishment these early teachers felt. They believed their schools belonged to them and that their dedication and work was repaid by the community in a kind of respect and trust that is lacking in the profession today. They are remembered with love and respect by both student and community. Nostalgia can dim the harsher aspects of rural school life in Wyoming, but the claims made for it by its former students appear to be sincere." (Author/NEC)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Community Centers, Cultural Education, Curriculum, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Females, Historic Sites, One Teacher Schools, Oral History, Rural Education, Rural Environment, Rural Schools, School Buildings, School Community Relationship, Small Schools, State History, Teacher Background, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mountain Plains Library Association, Silt, CO. Country School Legacy Project.
Identifiers: Country School Legacy Project; Wyoming
Note: For related documents, see RC 013 047-058 and RC 013 070-084.