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Oct 08

Anna E. Arnold (1879-1942): Kansas Educator and Author

Posted to KGI Online Library Blog on October 8, 2020 at 1:54 PM by Donna Casement

In 1912, Anna Estelle Arnold self-published her first book, Civics and Citizenship. That same year her book was accepted as a textbook to be taught in Kansas public schools and Kansas granted equal voting rights to women. Arnold was an author and educator who championed the education of young people to value the relationship between government and people’s everyday lives.

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Mar 05

A Treasure Chest Full of Great Literature

Posted to KGI Online Library Blog on March 5, 2020 at 10:07 PM by Bill Sowers

A fourth level school reader published in 1919 by the state of Kansas full of some of America's favorite poetry and short stories?  Read the Blog and find out.  Available at the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library... 

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Dec 10

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

Posted to KGI Online Library Blog 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.