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It has no place in the highly complicated social life of today, in which competition is the keynote of the age. . " (Country Life and the Country School). In his influential book, Rural Life and Education (1914), Ellwood P. " At the beginning of the 19th century, some rural Americans had questioned the value of public education in small district schools, but by the beginning of the 20th century, those same schools had become an integral part of country life. As professional educators and school administrators pushed for consolidation, country schools were gradually abandoned.
In the Colorado River Valley; schools also were Page 36 found on Mamm Creek, Divide Creek, Dry Hollow Creek and in Peach Valley. From the beginning of the 18th century to the middle of the 20th century, schools in rural America were invariably one-room schools. If the farm population expanded, two one-room buildings could be joined together to form a larger school. If the population decreased, the building could be moved to another part of the school district or sold to another school board. The buildings were seldom larger than one room because they served an exclusive clientele, the children of families who lived in the immediate vicinity of the schoolhouse.
Most books, such as The Universalist Spelling Book and The New England Primer,had fables and woodcuts demonstrating the consequences of any wrongdoing and serious injury that would befall a student who lied, cheated or stole. A homily included in many texts of the period admonished: Good children mustFear God all day,Love Christ alway,Parents obey,In secret pray,No false things say,Mind little play,By no sin stray,Make no delayIn loving good. In the 17th and 18th centuries, parents believed that their children were born into sin.