Better Rural Schools (1914)
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:2/21/2008 - Kessinger Publishing, LLC
By: George Herbert Betts, Otis Earle Hall
Excerpt from book: children: let him but see how greatly his child is handicapped by lack of training with reference to the life and work of the farm: let him but understand how far the old type of district school is behind the times: and he will be the first to seek a remedy for these conditions. The farmer has the wealth, and will not hesitate to see it taxed for the education of his children: he has the intelligence rightly to value true education: he will finally be the most potent factor in the reconstruction of the rural school when he has come to see its great possibilities. Indeed the farmer is already awakening to the new necessities for education for his children. This is seen in the alarming tendency of farmers to move in increasingly larger numbers to the towns in order to obtain better educational facilities. A recent investigation among a. large number of families who had deserted farm life for the town showed that more than four out of five gave the inefficiency of the rural school as the chief reason for the change. These farmers felt the obligation to give their children an education equal to the demands soon to be placed on them, and saw no way to accomplish it in the present rural school as it exists in their community. Grave social and industrial dangers lurk in the movement now going on from the farms to the towns Social and indus- and cities. Not the least of these trial dangers is the effect on the middle-aged parents who, long accustomed to the life and work of the farm, are asked suddenly to change all their habits of life. Older people do not, at best, adapt themselves to new conditions so easily as younger ones, and in this case the new conditions place the father and mother at a decided disadvantage. The farmer misses the interests, the life, the activities to w...