ERIC Number: ED211279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar-1
Reference Count: 0
Northwestern Wyoming's Country Schools. Country School Legacy: Humanities on the Frontier.
Barthell, Robert J.
The history of rural education in northwestern Wyoming and the accompanying bibliography of unpublished manuscripts, periodicals, school records, and oral histories comprise part of an eight-state research effort, Country School Legacy, to study the role rural schools have played in the history of the frontier and to locate and preserve information related to country schools. The report addresses six aspects of rural education: country schools as community centers, country schools as historical sites, country schools and the Americanization of ethnic groups, the country school curriculum (reading, writing, and arithmetic), teachers (their roles, rules, and restrictions), and the country school today. Because northwestern Wyoming was settled in the early part of the twentieth century primarily by people who were second or third generation Americans, naturalization of immigrants took place in the home, influenced by the children and the home visits of teachers. Although the early schools had many shortcomings, individuals today attest that the curriculum was as good as the teacher and the student, and that teachers managed to pass on a love of learning which was more important than the subject itself. (NEC)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Community Centers, Community Schools, 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 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.