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     September 27, 2019      #7B-270 SsK

Jack Klasey: Taylor School: A Glimpse of âOld

Jack Klasey: Taylor School: una visión de "Old

By Jack Klasey

A century ago, at least 125 one-room schools were scattered across Kankakee County to serve the educational needs of rural families. In each school, pupils in grades 1 through 8 were instructed in “readin’, ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmetic” by a single teacher.

More than two-dozen pupils at Taylor School posed for a picture in front of the building, possibly in1911-1912, when the school had its largest enrollment. Kankakee County Museum Photo Archive

Today, few of those school buildings remain — as educational practices changed, many schools were demolished, while others were converted to storage buildings or remodeled into homes.

One of the best surviving examples of a one-room school, complete with desks in varied sizes, chalkboards, a ...

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