Primers, Chalk, and Bells
The History of One-room Schools in Michigan
In the rapidly changing world of education today, it is comforting to look back on the ‘good old days’ of the one-room school. Michigan has more one-room schools than nearly any other state. Some of them are still functioning. We will look at the architecture, curricula, rules for students and teachers, and the role school played in the life of the community. We will focus especially on the Geddes Townhall School. In 1987, the Townhall School was moved from its original site on Morgan Road in Pittsfield Township to the campus of Eastern Michigan University. Our Instructor, Rochelle Balkam, will guide us on the school’s journey as it made its way, foot by foot, to its present site. Attendees will be encouraged to share personal stories and memories of one-room schools. Rochelle Balkam taught U.S. state and local history and college prep government at Ypsilanti High School for 36 years.
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