The Empty Schoolhouse: Memories of One-Room Texas Schools

The Empty Schoolhouse: Memories of One-Room Texas Schools

The Empty Schoolhouse: Memories of One-Room Texas Schools

The Empty Schoolhouse: Memories of One-Room Texas Schools

Synopsis

One- and two-room schools represent a time in Texas history when a child's school term was based on the coal crop season and family duties received priority. They were the enter of educational, social, political, and religious activity, where children were taught reading and math, couples were united in marriage, funerals were preached, and Friday night socials were held. Luther B. Clegg's The Empty Schoolhouse: Memories of One-Room Texas Schools provides a direct link to the past through interviews with students who attended these schools and teachers who taught there. From a region between Fort Worth and Odessa and the Hill Country and Amarillo, come stories describing Friday afternoon literary societies, dead snakes in desk drawers, pranks, fires, travel to and from school, and discipline. Drawing on historical and sociological data related to the locales and time period, Clegg presents lively firsthand accounts of rural life, preserving the uniqueness of the olden days. Texas history enthusiasts and those interested in educational history will enjoy the tales and reminiscences of this slice of Americana.
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