School Children Learned Teaching Skills Early

Many years ago, school children were prepared to get a job as a schoolteacher in a one-room schoolhouse.

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My school years 1928-29 and 29-30 were as a junior and a senior in high school, and were almost entirely devoted to prepare me to teach a one-room school.

We memorized many poems that all students for years had learned. When we did this, all in that class would study it for a few minutes, then the whole school would repeat it aloud until they had it pretty well.

All but the first and second graders memorized all twelve multiplication tables.

After a teacher taught in a rural school for three years, we were eligible to teach in the town school at a higher wage for usually one grade (versus all grades).

Jerry Tudgay
Osage City, Kansas


Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then Capper’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from Capper’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community.