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Three lessons about education from my two-room country school days

When it was District 1074, the building had many more windows, and also a swing set and slide.

When it was District 1074, the building had many more windows, and also a swing set and slide. Photo by Bobak Ha’Eri, licensed for use under Creative Commons 3.0

Two and a half miles from our farm, District 1074 was a big step up in education over my father’s day. A two-room school with about 40 students and a hot lunch cooked daily by Ollie Kielty, my school offered more teachers, books, friends and lessons than the one-room school just half a mile from home that my father and grandfather had attended. My kids, in turn, got a far better education in St. Paul Public Schools than I did in the two-room country school I attended through sixth grade — but District 1074 taught, in practice and by default, some important lessons. Continue reading

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