|According to CBS News (see stories of 21st century one-room school houses by clicking here),the one-room schoolhouse is not extinct. As of 2014, there were 200 one-room schoolhouses still operational in the United States.These schools function in rural areas. The classes tend to be small groups of children of a wide range of ages. In the very small schools, teachers create custom lesson plans for individual students. Older students help teach the younger students, which is a benefit for both older and younger students. The down side of being a student in a tiny one-room schoolhouse is that adjusting to a large high school is very similar to culture shock.|
Today, children in one-room schoolhouses practice their lessons on ipads, instead of on slate boards.
|As in any school, the teacher had a desk facing the students.|
|Each desk had an inkwell. When the children wrote on paper, they used dip pens. Eventually, fountain pens with cartridges became common, and the inkwells went out of favor.|
|This is a common form of entertainment in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.|
|One-room schools served many other functions as well. On Sundays, many of the one-room schools were transformed into churches and chapels.|