Columnist speaks to Women’s History Month, Pt. 2

Posted April 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Although there were male rural school teachers, the vast majority were single females. There were several different types of temporary standard teacher certification. A teacher could be certified to teach at a certain grade level for a specified period time before further education was required beginning with one year up to five years. The local district school was operated by five or six elected male members serving on boards of education based on state guidelines. The county superintendent did the certificating of teachers, selection of textbooks and curricular supervision, but the local board of education hired the teachers, managed the operation of the school and supervised the behavior of the teacher. Young female rural school teachers were expected to dedicate their lives, undistracted by courting, domestic and family responsibilities, to the education of their school children. Married women were not considered for

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