The Empty Schoolhouse

The Empty Schoolhouse : Memories of One-Room Texas Schools

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One- and two-room schools represent a paradoxical time in Texas history when school played second fiddle to family duties but still served as the focus of community life. Luther Bryan Clegg's The Empty Schoolhouse provides a direct link to the past through interviews with students who attended these schools and teachers who taught in this area between Fort Worth and Odessa and the Hill Country and Amarillo. Former students share stories describing Friday afternoon "literary societies," dead snakes in desk drawers, pranks, fires, travel to and from school, and discipline. Drawing on historical and sociological data as well as interviews. Clegg presents intriguing accounts of rural life, preserving the uniqueness of the "olden days."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.7 x 16.3mm | 385.56g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 12 b&w photographs, map, bibliography, index
  • 158544264X
  • 9781585442645

About Luther Bryan Clegg

Luther B. Clegg is a professor of curriculum and instruction at Texas Christian University. He received his Ed.D. from Texas Tech University and has published extensively in educational more

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"For anyone who longs for schools like they were in 'the good old days,' this book will provide a realistic view of what actually took place in the rural schoolhouses of West Texas." - Legaciesshow more

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