Going Old School
As parents everywhere hope for a new year of in-person learning, it may be worth remembering that the tradition of school has survived despite changing dramatically, from lessons to classrooms to lunches, over the years. Buildings used to be one-room structures that taught first through eighth grade. Boys only sat with girls as punishment, teachers often lived with their pupils' families, and everyone did his or her work on a slate. While times have drastically changed (especially since 2020), there are still historic schoolhouses all over the nation that only exist today due to communities' efforts to preserve them. Here's a list of 30, across the U.S., from newest to oldest, and the stories behind them.
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