By Richard A. Dykstra
One room schools served as the cornerstone of rural America’s educational system for more than a century. During much of that time the schools were at the center of a controversy about how rural children should be educated. Theories on what to do with one-room schools ranged from upgrading facilities to closing the schools down altogether. By the mid-1900s, the latter theory prevailed and most small rural schools were forced to close. Share the bygone days of the 3Rs.