Super Old School
As Americans prepare to send their kids back to school in the coming weeks, it's worth noting how dramatic the evolution of schools has been in the last few decades, from lessons to classrooms to lunches. But go back further, into the 18th century, and the changes are even tougher for kids these days to fathom. Buildings used to be one-room structures that taught first through eighth grade. A pot-bellied stove or fireplace provided barely sufficient warmth in snowy climates. Kids were expected to do their chores before school and often missed classes due to obligations at home. 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, 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.