Schools of the Past: Greene readin' ritin' and 'rithmetic

If anyone is tired of reading the history of the numerous districts of Greene rest assured, this article is the final chapter of Greene District School history, that is to say unless new information surfaces, at which time the pages of this book will be reopened.

The text books of this modern day and age, additionally with the many electronic devices used in education differ very much from the instruments used in bygone days. As a final tribute to all the teachers (they were numerous) who taught in these one-room schools the text books that were used were at time scant, other times, as the years progressed they became numerous. As a reminder in the beginning years of education the family Bible was the only learning tool that was available, today that would be unheard of as the intermingling of education and religion is somewhat frowned upon by certain religious denominations.

In the years beginning with 1830 the books that were most commonly used, not only in the Greene schools, but elsewhere were: Webster’s Spelling Book, Cobb’s and Crandall’s Spelling Book, Murray’s English Reader, Murray’s and Kirkham’s Grammar, Prouth’s, OIney’s Willard’s & Woodbridge’s Geography, Pikes, Dobell’s, Root’s & Starkweather’s Arithmetic along with Hazen’s Speller & Definer. By the year 1835 Hales’ History Book and Colbum’s Mental Arithmetic has been added. In 1838 would see the addition of Collum’s and Day’s Algebra and in the year 1839 Town’s Analysis and Mrs. Sigourney’s Girls’ Reading Book would be added.

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