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Dec 10

“Why, when I was your age…” Educating Kansans 1899 – 1948

Posted on December 10, 2015 at 3:50 PM by Jason Ackermann

Want to see the kinds of school books your grandfather were reading in 1912?

Ever wonder what rules your mom and dad had to follow when they were on the bus to school?

Want to see what “distance learning” classes were like before the Internet? (Hint: it used the radio).

The State Library presents a collection of classroom manuals, teacher resources, state committee reports, and yes, even school bus regulations that all help to show what going to school was like, “way back when.”


In the Classroom….and On the Bus


Thinking about Schools and Teaching


State Textbook Selection Committees and School Code Commissions


During the first half of the twentieth century, theories on education changed drastically and Kansas legislators and school board directors worked diligently to develop school curricula that addressed these changes.  The nearly fifty years of education history covered in this collection illustrates some of the state’s earliest attempts to develop a streamlined statewide education system, as well as attempts by educational theorists to rethink rural education in the state and make use of modern technology. Together, these documents shed light on not only Kansas’s adaptation of, and contributions to the national discussion on education, but also on local decisions that filtered down to the very stories placed in elementary school readers, or patriotic songs sung at assemblies.