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ERIC Number: ED380380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0278-0208
One Room Schools in Iowa.
Ruth, Amy, Ed.
Goldfinch, v16 n1 p1-31 Fall 1994
This issue focuses on one-room school houses in Iowa. At one time, almost 14,000 one-room schools dotted Iowa's rural landscape. Articles explore Native American schools of the past and present, segregation of black students, and Amish schools. An article remembering one-room schools describes the early schools from 1830 to 1858, township schools from 1858 to 1872, expanding communities and schools, and the compulsory education law passed in 1902 which required all children between the ages of 7 and 14 to attend school. An article on consolidating one-room schools describes changes in which Iowa went from having more one-room schools than any state in the nation to 1965 when the Iowa legislature passed a law ordering all schools to become part of legal school districts with high schools. By July 1, 1967, most of Iowa's one-room schools were closed. Another article discusses changes in transportation to and from schools for Iowa students. Pictures include children walking and riding ponies, and a horse-drawn hack used to transport students to consolidated schools until the 1940s. A series of photographs show pre-1920s Iowa students, teachers, and schools; questions to be answered by students after examining the pictures are included. This issue contains an article on the lives of teachers in the one-room schools, a crossword puzzle, a short story, biographical sketches of three people who made a difference in Iowa's country schools, a cartoon, and articles on playing and learning in the past. (DK)
Goldfinch, State Historical Society of Iowa, 402 Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52240-1806 (subscription, 4 issues, $10).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Historical Society, Iowa City.