It can be startling to remember that the United States is a nation still in its adolescence. In less than 250 years, the rapid pace of development and change that has taken place is staggering. In this short period time, Americans have managed to build lives and communities, even in the most far-flung and rugged locations.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, one-room schoolhouses were a prominent part of almost all burgeoning towns. A single teacher was responsible for the education of all the children in the area, and taught every level in one shared space. In our 21st century minds, it’s easy to consider the concept of a one-room schoolhouse as nothing more than a charming novelty on the timeline of American public education. However, you might be surprised to learn that in rural parts of the country, the tradition of one-room schoolhouses is alive and well.
A recent newscast of CBS’s Sunday Morning highlighted the experiences of modern teachers and students who still gather each day in one-room schoolhouses. While it certainly requires a unique person to take on the job of teaching in a one-room schoolhouse, these educators are making the tradition work in our thoroughly modern world. For a peek inside their unique experiences, take a few minutes to watch the segment below.