Traverse County, Minnesota

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Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (ND) Thursday, August 24, 1911; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Scarcity of Pedagogues With Requisite Training Retarding Consolidation of Rural Schools.

St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 23.-The days of the little red schoolhouse are numbered and the only thing that is prolonging its life so far as Minnesota is concerned is the difficulty in obtaining the teachers with the requisite training to teach in the consolidated schools according to C. G. Schulz, state superintendent of public instruction.

E. M. Phillips, rural school commissioner, will leave tonight for Tintah, Traverse county, where he will consult with the local authorities in regard to the establishment of a consolidated school at Tintah, which will embrace the entire township.

The school will be modern in every respect and a demonstration farm will be operated in connection with it. Plots will be seeded to grain and vegetable crops and experiments will be conducted as to treatment and varieties best suited to the country. The children will do all the work on these plots under the direction of an expert agriculturist.

There will be four rooms in the school house which will be erected at a cost of $15,000 and six teachers will be employed. The children will be taken back and forth to school in vehicles furnished by the school board. Instruction will be given in domestic science, agriculture, manual training and horticulture.

From Tintah Mr. Phillips will go to Eldred, Polk county, where he will arrange for another consolidated school on a similar scale.

"The sentiment for the rural consolidated school is growing rapidly." Said Mr. Schulz, "Especially in the northern section of the state, where the people have not become so accustomed to the little one-room school.

"The only trouble that we are having is in filling the applications we have for teachers. The consolidated school pays from $1,000 to $1,200 a year. While the common rural school teacher receives only from $400 to $500 a year. The trouble is that all of the graduates of the agricultural college are taken by the high schools and consequently we have no sources from which to get the teachers."

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