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Week 15: October 12, 2001
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Update from the field:
Judy Harding, Frontier School Teacher


Have you ever had a fantasy you believed could never come true? Well, don't be so sure. I always had an interest in the past: old cabins, abandoned homesteads, or the lonely foundations would fill me with all sorts of questions. And I always wished I could travel back in time to find the answers.

As a long-time Montana school teacher, I've had the privilege of teaching every grade, from kindergarten to high school, and beyond, and I've often said I'd love to teach in a one-room school house before retiring. One-room school houses still exist here in Montana, but there aren't many of them. Incredibly, my wish was realized in an old sheep shed just two months ago. The shed, our school house, was furnished with four table desks, and four double-seated benches that the parents had made. I was hired to teach a five-week term.



 


"As I sat on my bench, looking out the window towards the creek, I saw the children arrive, along with one horse, one cow, and several dogs."



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The school children singing a song from the 1800s.
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Aine Clune reciting a poem from the 19th-century McGuffy Reader.

School's Open



Two windows brought in enough sunlight for learning, and a pot-bellied stove stood behind the double row of desks. A blackboard stood at the front. Deep sawdust covered the floors, except for a tin area around the stove.

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