Country life and the country school : a study of the agencies of rural progress and of the social relationship of the school to the country community . s. The One-Teacher Country School System and Its De-fects. The one-teacher school system, as frequently main-tained, has served humanity long and well. In New Englandalone, it has turned out enough poets, statesmen, writers, andscientists to recommend any system of education, to say noth-ing of its power in the later pioneer days of the West. Letus not minimize the good work of the little red schoolhouse.It has dear associations for us all; it

Country life and the country school : a study of the agencies of rural progress and of the social relationship of the school to the country community . s. The One-Teacher Country School System and Its De-fects. The one-teacher school system, as frequently main-tained, has served humanity long and well. In New Englandalone, it has turned out enough poets, statesmen, writers, andscientists to recommend any system of education, to say noth-ing of its power in the later pioneer days of the West. Letus not minimize the good work of the little red schoolhouse.It has dear associations for us all; it Stock Photo
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Country life and the country school : a study of the agencies of rural progress and of the social relationship of the school to the country community . s. The One-Teacher Country School System and Its De-fects. The one-teacher school system, as frequently main-tained, has served humanity long and well. In New Englandalone, it has turned out enough poets, statesmen, writers, andscientists to recommend any system of education, to say noth-ing of its power in the later pioneer days of the West. Letus not minimize the good work of the little red schoolhouse.It has dear associations for us all; it has had untold influenceon the American republic. But it has served its day. It THE COUNTRY SCHOOL AS AN AGENCY 141 belongs, not to the present with its many urgent demands forvaried and special training, but to the past. As a system, it istypical of a primitive social order in which each individual wasa jack-of-all-trades, fitted to do all things passably well, andno one thing especially so. It has no place in a highly com-plicated social life like that of today, in which competition isthe keynote of the age, and where each individual must spe-. Harlem Consolidated School, Winnebago County, Illinois Consolidation offers the only adequate solution of the country school problem cialize more or less and make himself capable of renderinggood service in at least one line. Two significant facts should be noted by those who extolthe present country school.^ In the first place, it is well toremember that in the history of education the one-teachersystem was developed first, and that the graded system camelater as an outgrowth and improvement. This in itself is some 142 COUNTRY LIFE AND THE COUNTRY SCHOOL proof of the increased efficiency of the latter. Another pointthat should be forcibly impressed upon the minds of thosewho recall the ungraded rural system in its prime, and pic-ture the country school of today as enrolling from fifty toninety half-grown and adult young men and women,

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