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Apr 22

A Call To Rural Education in 1934

Posted on April 22, 2021 at 4:41 PM by Bill Sowers

"The State Department offers this manual as a guide and as a source of encouragement to those interested in the improvement of rural education. The contents of this bulletin are woven around the one desired purpose, Improving the Quality of Teaching."

These words by Kansas State Superintendent of Public Instruction, W. T. Markham are an introduction to a handbook for teachers in Kansas in the midst of drought and depression in the 1930s. No matter what was going on around them Dr. Markham and his contemporaries knew that an educated population would have a step up in overcoming the hardships plaguing the world.  The booklet is not just a guide for teachers.  It is also a supportive statement to keep on keeping on.

The booklet includes chapters on:
l. IMPROVING QUALIYY OF TEACHING
II. HOME PLUS SCHOOLS
III. SCHOOL STANDARDS
IV. FLAG ETIQUETTE
V. PROFESSIONAL BOOKS IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
VI. A SUGGESTED KANSAS SOCIAL STUD1ES UNIT PROGRAM
VII. A SUGGESTED PLAN FOR CLASSES AND COMBINATION OF GRADES IN THE VARIOUS SUBJECTS IN AN EIGHT-GRADE ONE-TEACHER RURAL SCHOOL FOR THE STATE OF KANSAS
VIII. A SUGGESTED DAILY PROGRAM FOR URBAN SCHOOLS.

You can look through the handbook at the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library:


A CALL TO RURAL EDUCATION
1934

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