The Little White Schoolhouse
It was not the simple little boxlike schoolhouse itself that earned all that fond affection. What happened on the way to and from school, on the playground, and within the school walls are all treasured in the memory banks of former pupils in much the same manner as families recall their happy evenings around the fireside or those trips to grandmother's house for Thanksgiving.
But the little white schoolhouse is gone, along with the simple agrarian way of life that characterized the people of the neighborhood to which it belonged. To ensure that this era of education is not forgotten Ellis F. Hartford has presented the history of one-room schoolhouses in the Commonwealth, showing what has been lost in the passing of this institution of the values that best characterized its time and place. Americans might well seek some of the same strengths and values in their diverse communities that were enjoyed by our ancestors of the old rural-agrarian way of life. We might also strive to obtain schools that fit and belong to their respective communities as did the little white schoolhouse.
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"It will awaken long-dormant memories in the minds of all old-timers who ever sat on a scholars' bench in a one-room school."—The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"A realistic if somewhat nostalgic look at an institution still within the memory of many Kentuckians. Hartford first traces the efforts of the state to establish schools and then shows how the one-room schools served as places for learning as well as community centers well into the mid-twentieth century. The most important parts of the book are those which describe everyday school life, the recreations, and other customs associated with the one-room school."—Kentucky Folkloer Record
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