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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

 

Back To The One Room Schoolhouse


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Multiage classrooms increasing in Albemarle
“A number of elementary schools in Albemarle County have implemented multiage classrooms over the years, placing emphasis on student learning and what best fits the school.
At the start of the 2017-18 school year, there will be one first grade and one second grade class combined, and all fourth and fifth grades combined.”
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Within my time, all rural areas in the country had one-room ( "Multiage") schoolhouses as the basis for our state public education through the eight grade.
I attended a one-room school in the Catskills a mere 100-miles from Times Square.
We had one teacher and eight grades in one-room.
We had central heat – a large wood-burning stove in the middle of the room.  
We had running water – a hand-pump out in the yard.
We had bathroom facilities – two one-holers out-back.
We had an extensive playground – acres of woods to explore.
We had transportation – we walked.
We had sports – running home from school to do our chores.
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There was emphasis on ‘going to the board’, ‘standing to recite’, reading, and writing cursive.
By the time one reached the eighth-grade you had been exposed multiple times over several years to the curriculum of all the other classes.
Note to education researchers: The basis of retention is repetition.
There was corporal punishment for those who were slow to comply with instructions.
The 'feel good' part of school was not getting any corporal punishment.
Performance challenges were classified into four categories:
Lazy, hard of hearing, poor eyesight and dull.
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Didn’t cost $12,000 per student per year!
Back to the future may once again be a good thing for education.
Isn’t education research a great thing.
Will cost at least $12,000 per student per year this time around.
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