Super Old School
While many Americans had hoped to send their kids back to school in the coming weeks, most are discovering that plan is on hold — or will look very, very different this year. As parents everywhere settle into another round of Zoom calls, 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 in 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.