Excerpt from Consolidation of Rural Schools: State of Nebraska Department of Public Instruction, Lincoln, 1910The question of better schools for country children is the most important issue before us today. The lack of schools with modern facilitiesMoreExcerpt from Consolidation of Rural Schools: State of Nebraska Department of Public Instruction, Lincoln, 1910The question of better schools for country children is the most important issue before us today.
The lack of schools with modern facilities is the weakest point in the development of the best interests of the American people. Upon the solution of this matter largely depends the future welfare of the country people, which includes the welfare of all the people. What we need now more than any other thing is a system of schools which will educate the country people as successfully as city schools educate city people. The graded schools in cities and in towns of the better class are working toward a condition where their future success is assured. The country needs a system that trains for life and at the same time fits for college without destroying the home or taking the child away from its favorable influence during the period of his development when the home and the school unite in education, training and experiences for the formation of character, the foundation of education and the development of ideals.Excepting in the most favored communities, satisfactory country schools cannot be established within walking distance of all the pupils.
In any satisfactory system, transportation is necessary and must be provided. It is already here in many communities and it will come in all communities which are alive to the educational needs of the time.Consolidated or centralized country schools does not mean the abolition of the country school with the children taken to the nearest city or town to be educated. What will come out of this is a modern country school for country children, and whether it is located in a small village or at the crossing of the roads it must breathe the atmosphere of country life- it must create a love for country things and it must teach in terms of country life which the country child understands.In the study of this subject in Nebraska two facts are apparent:First, that the farmers are really supporting a double school system, one at home by the process of taxation, the other in the nearest town or city in the form of tuition paid for high school privileges.
This tuition often amounts to more than enough to pay the salary of the superintendent of the entire city school system to say nothing about the added expense and disadvantage of educating the children away from home and home influence.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books.
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