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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - August 29, 1912, Des Moines, Iowa The Iowa Homestead Des Moines Iowa thursday August 29, 1912. The centralized Rural school in Many of our progressive Rural districts the Era of the Little red school one of Ohio s Best centralized schools. House is past history. The District school with its ill Venti lated schoolroom with its one teacher whose daily work consisted of instruct ing thirty five to forty classes composed of Chil Dren ranging from Kinder Garten to High school Ages with its inefficient equip ment and its annual crop of poorly trained boys and girls is now but a memory fittingly termed a the localities that have intelligently practice police and reformed the methods of educating their off Spring. The centralized Rural school which caters to the needs of an entire District or township has sup planted ten twelve or More of the erstwhile District schools it trains the children More efficiently and thoroughly and All factors considered it accomplishes this task at a a minimum of expense which is less per capita than was the Case under the old system of by g. H. Dacy. The Crossroads school. The centralized school has revolutionized the education of the farm child it has lessened the hardships which the youngsters formerly had to undergo in acquiring a working knowledge of the three the child that for Merly trudged two three or More Miles to school in All sorts of weather from a driving blizzard to a severely cold Day when the Mercury would drop Many degrees below Zero now rides to the centralized school either a a comfortably warm school Wagon or in a heated electric car which daily conveys the lads and lasses to and from the school House. The centralized school plan which is followed i various parts of the country comprises the Erec Tion at some Central Point in the District or town ship of a school of sufficient size to accommodate All the children of the Community. As Many school wagons Are maintained As Are necessary to convey All the children to and from school each Day these wagons having special routes which they cover. In Case an electric line penetrates the District in such a manner that it can be utilized in transporting the children it is used As a sub Central school while the system favors the successful introduction of agriculture 1 l the school Wagon unloading its charges. Class in Needle work in one of Ohio s township High school statute for the horsepower conveyance. In either instance the the medium of special All the charges of carrying the children to school and of maintain ing the school in up to Date working order. In Brief the advantages of the centralized Rural school include the securing and retaining the services of better teachers. Instead of passing the teacher around the teacher is retained and the pupils Are passed from Grade to Grade. Improved supervision results As the superintendent is directly in touch with each Grade and its teacher. In addition to preserving every valuable feature of country life the centralized school equals or even surpasses in All around efficiency the graded school of the Village or City. The general health of the pupils is vastly improved Over that which obtained in the Little red school House there Are no wet feet or dragged clothing there Are fewer colds and resulting diseases. The morals of the children Are notably better in the modern an abandoned country school. Domestic Art and science and nature study. Into the country school. It vitally increases the value of farm property for those who desire to sell and a Means for broader education for those remaining in the country. Under the effective operation of this plan of Central training it is no longer necessary for the Farmer to move to town in order to educate his family. Ohio has been one of the Pioneer and Foremost states in preaching and practising the propaganda of the centralized school. It was in 1892 that the first school of this Type was established in the Buckeye state and it arose from the fact that a certain Board of Edu cation were confronted with the necessity of pro Viding a new school build ing. However As the local t b e s would be Small while the per capita expense of maintenance concluded on Page 16. Old style desks one size for All

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