Male Schoolteacher in One-Room Schoolhouse Demanded Respect

Children at our one-room schoolhouse were fearful of what schoolteacher promised for the next year.

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There was a family that attended our one-room schoolhouse, that gave the lady teacher so much trouble that the school board hired a big rough man teacher.

That family did not get their bluff in on him. At the end of the first school year the teacher told us he hadn't been nearly as hard on us as he was going to be the next year.

I worried about that all summer. I begged my mother to let me stay home the next year. I promised to do the washing, baby sitting and about all the work if I didn't have to go to school. She said I had to go to school. It turned out the teacher wasn't any harder on us than the year before.

Jeneal Riley
Rogers, Arkansas


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