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Jul 24

A Very Cool Publication on Education in Kansas in 1922

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 1:22 PM by Bill Sowers

Most government publications are written in a formal, often dry form of English that reflects the duties of government in informing others in government and the public of the workings of elected officials, agencies, institutions, task forces, etc.  But every now and then we come across a government document that exudes pride and a genuine love in accomplishments made in serving the needs of the people.

This pride of service can be found in "Kansas Rural-School Bulletin, 1922."  Issued by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Lorraine Elizabeth Wooster, this publication touted not only the accomplishments of the Kansas Department of Education, but included stories, photographs, architectural plans, poetry, statistics, quotations and stirring statements on professional conduct.

The photographs in the book display school buildings, students, educators and general day-to-day activities across the state.  Here is a list of some of the locations/school districts photos to give you an idea of the geographical extent of the graphics.

Iola, (Buffalo) Scott County, (Benedict) Wilson County, Midian (Butler County), Miami County, Anderson County, Republic County, Coldwater, Ellsworth, Fort Hays Experiment Station, Douglas County, Kearny County, (Salt City Business College) Hutchinson, Holcomb, Cimarron, Ingalls, Cloud County, Zenda, Thomas County, Burdick, Assaria, Copeland, Crawford County, Havensville, (Kansas Industrial and Educational Institute) Topeka.

Finally... a statement at the end of the book by State Superintendent, Lorraine Elizabeth Wooster:

"Our educational ethics should carry a spirit of sympathy, humane fellowship, honesty, square dealing, and a straightforwardness of which no person could have doubt. Our faces should shine with the smile of cheerfulness and love for children. We should honor our vocation and be grateful that it gives us an opportunity to serve. Our vocation affords the greatest opportunity of all, and we should be happy to serve in the highest calling known to man—the calling of the teacher."

You can view this book online at KGI Online Library:

KANSAS RURAL-SCHOOL BULLETIN, 1922