Back in the day, small schoolhouses used to be the norm for education not only in America, but across the globe.
In rural areas, it didn’t make sense to have anything more than a room — or at most, a few — for teaching students. A single teacher would often lead a class full of boys and girls, covering multiple age ranges and abilities. Schoolteachers were often very young themselves, about 19 or so.
Can you imagine being just 19 and in charge of educating a room full of students at different stages of life and levels of proficiency?
It certainly wasn’t an easy job. Teaching these days is still one of the most difficult jobs out there. Teachers are incredible humans — superheroes, really!
These 11 photos of vintage schoolhouses, the children who spent their days learning in them, and the teachers who dedicated themselves to the education of the town are all stunning. Looking at the faces of these people from the past, and the simple classrooms they shared, makes it easy to connect with them, even though many of their names have been lost to history.
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