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HISTORY OF EDUCATION: REFLECTIONS FROM A ONE-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE, Class limit 15 by Dr. Rhonda Joy Vansant
318 Frank Martin Rd. in Blairsville
3 Sessions, Thursday, July 11 – July 25, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Participants in this course will meet for three sessions in a historical replica schoolhouse located at 318 Frank Martin Rd. in Blairsville. We will tour the schoolhouse which is nestled among beautiful mountains, forests, ponds, and farm pastures. We will study the history of education…going back to European influences and Colonial times, moving on to the 1800s, and then to the present. We will analyze the life and culture of the one-room schoolhouse as we study word meanings in the first Webster’s dictionary, read some of the first schoolbooks, and maybe try a graduation exam from the 1800s. We will look at the lives of famous people who went to and taught at one-room schoolhouses. I would like to invite participants to help me plan the last session, so that I may include particular topics of interest regarding education.
Dr. Rhonda Joy Vansant (“Miss Joy”) has been an educator for 47 years. Her dedication has taken her into many realms including public school teaching, college and university work, consulting, writing books, speaking at conferences, serving on boards of directors, and now fulfilling heart-felt desires to help America cherish its heritage. She has lived and worked in various places in our state and nation, and is so happy to call this her home.