By Sue Thomas
The one-room schoolhouse could be a factor of the prior, however it is the basis on which glossy schooling rests. Sue Thomas now strains the growth of early schooling in Missouri, demonstrating how vital early colleges have been in taming the frontier. A moment domestic bargains an in-depth and wonderful examine schooling within the days while pioneers needed to put off education for his or her youngsters till they can supply safeguard for his or her households and transparent their fields for plants, whereas well-to-do households hired tutors or despatched their youngsters again east. Thomas tells of the earliest recognized English college on the Ramsay cost close to Cape Girardeau, then of the outlet of a handful of faculties round the time of the Louisiana Purchase—such as Benjamin Johnson’s institution on Sandy Creek, Christopher Schewe’s tuition for boys whilst St. Louis used to be nonetheless a village, and the Ste. Genevieve Academy, the place terrible and Indian teenagers have been taught for free. She describes how, as groups grew, extra private faculties opened—including “dame schools,” denominational faculties, and subscription schools—until public schooling got here into its personal within the 1850s. Drawing on oral histories accrued through the kingdom, in addition to deepest diaries and archival examine, the publication is filled with firsthand money owed of what schooling as soon as was once like—including descriptions of the furniture, educating tools, and school-day actions in one-room log colleges. additionally it is the studies of former slaves and unfastened blacks following the Civil struggle once they have been newly entitled to public schooling, with discussions of the contributions of John Berry Meachum, James Milton Turner, and different African American leaders. With its remembrances of easier instances, A moment domestic tells of group gatherings in nation faculties and occasions resembling taffy pulls and spelling bees, and provides stories of stern lecturers, pupil pranks, and schoolyard video games. Accompanying illustrations remove darkness from kin and college lifestyles within the colonial, territorial, early statehood, and post–Civil warfare classes. For readers who bear in mind older family’ debts or who're easily occupied with the previous, it is a publication that would conjure photographs of a bygone time whereas beginning a brand new window on Missouri historical past.
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Extra info for A Second Home: Missouri's Early Schools (Missouri Heritage Readers)
The water dipper might be a store-bought tin cup but was usually homemade from a gourd cut in half. The seeds of the gourd were scooped out and the outer shell was then dried, forming a dipper. Everyone drank from the same dipper. Putting a frog in the water bucket was a favorite prank. When someone screamed, the hunt for the prankster began. The water bucket and common dipper led to the spread of childhood diseases. Sometimes schools had to close for a week or two when an epidemic of smallpox or measles infected the students.
0 6/14/06 8:07 AM Page 23 The Missouri Territory 23 teach slave children or see that they went to school. Jean Henderson of Vienna, Missouri, found accounts of slaves learning to read in the Carver-Danner family history written by Rose Carver Danner: Grandmother Myra had little to do in the home, since there were slaves to do the work. She sewed for all of them, however, and the little Negro children grew up wearing the same sort of garment my father and his brother wore for every day—a long shirt-type garment.
Many thought it was not important or essential to educate girls to perform skills beyond those needed in their home. This attitude prevailed throughout most of the 1800s. Jean Everling of Holt, Missouri, described the establishment of an early dame school in Clay County: The more informed women in the community would pool their resources. Often a widowed lady was the teacher. She gathered as many books as were available at the time, such as Pilgrim’s Progress and the Bible. Children within walking distance came to her on a daily basis.
A Second Home: Missouri's Early Schools (Missouri Heritage Readers) by Sue Thomas