Country School Journal

Country School Association of America

Country School Journal, Vol. 2 (2014)

                  Country School Journal, Vol. 2 (2014)

                                           Table of Contents

Frontier Tracking (PDF)

Linda O'Neill, 1-2

In this poem, Linda O’Neill imagines what it must have been like to be a teacher in a frontier country school.

The Rosenwald Hope School of Pomaria, South Carolina:
A Historical Perspective (PDF)

Ron Knorr, 3-23

Founded in 1926 in rural South Carolina and closed in 1954, the Rosenwald Hope School reopened in August 2009 as the Hope School Community Center. This historical study sheds light into the political and ideological contexts regarding the struggle to improve African American education in the early twentieth century.

The Railway Cars and Ontario's Isolated Peoples (PDF)

Theodore Christou, 24-34

Using the railway school car program as an exemplar, this study explores rationales behind the rise and decline in political support for a distinctive initiative that increased educational access for isolated populations in Ontario between 1926 and 1967. 

The Decision to Teach: The Challenges and Opportunities of a One-Room School Teacher in Turn-of -the-Century Texas (PDF)

Karen Benjamin, 35-54

This article explores the experiences of Nannie Dorroh, a teacher working in a variety of Texas country schools from 1895 to 1904. Nannie grappled with a large number of challenges, for example, job insecurity, isolation, burdensome state mandates, hectic schedules, harsh conditions, and discipline problems. Yet Nannie Dorroh persisted, believing that teaching granted her opportunities that would last a lifetime.

What Books Were Teachers Reading? Teachers' Reading Circles of Colorado, 1890-1936

Ywen Bi and Lynn M. Burlbaw, 55-86

The present study focuses on teachers’ reading circles in Colorado, from 1890 to 1936. The circles’ organization, book selections, teachers’ participation, and evidence of successful completion of the program will be examined. Also included are reasons the movement lasted nearly half a century and then fell into disuse.

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