ERIC Number: ED373939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Ringing the Children In: Texas Country Schools.
Sitton, Thad; Rowold, Milam C.
This book explores the country schoolhouses of Texas' rural past. Sources include interviews with dozens of former country schoolteachers and students and first-person narratives collected from written works. Chapters cover the following topics: (1) history of public education and country schools in Texas; (2) distance travelled by teachers and students, usually on foot, to get to school; (3) the political issue of location of the school; (4) reminiscences by teachers of the first day of the school year and the first day of teaching; (5) types of school buildings, and problems in obtaining water, heat, and toilet facilities; (6) daily schedules, subjects taught, and teaching strategies; (7) provision of food at school, recess activities, and sports; (8) discipline; (9) the school as a center for community entertainment; (10) teacher credentials, teacher role, and requirements of trustees; (11) consolidation of small rural schools; and (12) the advantages of small, rural schools. Contains numerous photographs, notes, a selected bibliography, and an index. (KS)
Descriptors: Community Schools, Consolidated Schools, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, One Teacher Schools, Oral History, Personal Narratives, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Experience
Texas A&M University Press, Drawer C (Lindsey Bldg., Lewis Street), College Station, TX 77843-4354 ($16.95).
Publication Type: Books; Historical Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas