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ERIC Number: ED355076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 16
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An Oral Fayette County, Texas Rural School History: Perspectives of a County Superintendent and a Long-Time Teacher.
Linden, Mary Frances
This paper represents a brief history of rural education in Fayette County (Texas) from 1918 through 1975. The paper focuses on the personal narratives of Harry Loeb, the last official superintendent of Fayette County and Emma Diedt, a 50-year Fayette County teacher. The narratives describe Fayette County schools, school politics, and the curriculum. Loeb relates the role of politics in the annexation and consolidation of school districts. Annexation was unpopular because the larger district could assume the smaller district without a vote. During this time annexation was common nationwide as school districts adapted to a declining population. Schools increasingly involved the Catholic church and its members as faculty; they also integrated minorities into teacher and student bodies. Diedt describes her education and her experience as a teacher in Fayette County schools. Consolidation and other educational decisions were under the heavy influence of politics. She describes her frustration in maintaining high academic standards when school administrators were emphasizing sports in school. Following the launching of Sputnik in 1957, the new focus in education was on math, science, and foreign language. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas