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EXPANSION OF COUNTRY SCHOOL WILL COME
THROUGH "MOVIES"' AND-DOMESTIC ARTS
BY HERBERT QUICK
It is a name -to conjure with and
that's about alL Whomever saw a "lit
tle red schoolhouse" in the country?
Most of them are white but, red,
white, or blue, the little country
schoolhouse is doomed. The time
will soon come when the country
children will be taught in large,
roomy buildings, as good as those in
the cities, if not quite as large, and
surrounded by rural beauties.
This schoolhouse will not stand
alone on a bleak hillside, but will be
the center of a little hamlet of build
ings. There will be a teachers' house
with a few acres of land attached;
.and none but a skilled fanner will
have any chance to get the position
and the farm. The farm will have
barns and sheds to suit its size. The
teacher will live on it with his family,
and, I hope, will be engaged during
good behavior. . It will be a life job
"That fellow used to be a star
pitcher for the Athletics."
"What is he how? "
"Now lie's nothing anambassa
for "the right person..
In this schoolhouse will be a,
kitchen with domestic econpmy para-'
phernalia, in which the girls and wo
men of the district will hold high car
nival, reviving the ancient glories of
American rural cookery and house
keeping. The girls will get credits
on their domestic economy course
here, and cook and serve luscious re-
pasts when the neighborhood assem
bles to talk, listen to music, debate
questions of the day, or enjoy moving
picture shows or dance.
The moving 'picture shows will be
given for the benefit of the pupils in
geography, history, science and art.
The children instead of studying
bboks about India, Brazil andNew
York city, will visit these places in
,the movies. They will see'how farm
ing is done in China, Japan and
Egypt. They will see bacteria de
velop before their eyes, and wheat
fplants, and roses. It will be lots of
fun, and will cut into their evenings,
and all to be written up for tomor
row's lesson. This'will be a lesson in
English as well, so we shall have cov
ered a good deal of educational
ground in this evening's gathering of
the old and young. And the old folks
will not fall behind the children in
education as fas as they do now.
Iowa has always been wedded to
the one-room rural school. But the
Jowa "Better School Commission,"
after getting answers from eighteen
Tiundred representative citizens
many farmers, too to 'questions
about the things needed by the
schools, found everything I have pre
dicted in the answers. As a matter
of fact, all I have described is found
in schools but 'not all of them in one
school, as it should be.
Iowa puts her aspiration into prac
tice and there's her aspiration as to
the things which will replace the lit
tle rea scnoomouse wmca never ex
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