Interpreting the Evidence
School Interior, Near Princetown, c. 1900
Suggested Teaching Instructions
Students sitting at their desks in a one-room schoolhouse near Princetown, New York, circa 1900.
This is a photograph of a typical American school around 1900. Students walked to school in those days. They would go home for lunch or bring a lunch from home. Girls wore dresses to school, and the boys wore knickers or shorts. There were no field trips. The children studied math, English, spelling, art, geography, and civics (citizenship). Notice how the desks are bolted to the floor. They could not be moved to make other seating arrangements.
How does culture influence a society's education system?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and identify key characteristics of the American education system during this time period.
Find out what the classroom rules might have been in this room. How would the children be punished if they misbehaved?
Math: Make a pie chart showing the number of girls and boys in this classroom.
Science: Practice using an inkwell and a quill to write with. Compare and contrast it with the writing utensils that we use today.
English Language Arts: Interview a grandparent about his/her school memories. Use this information to write a letter to a friend about what a day at school was like in the "olden days".