We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Also at the Met's show is Homer's Snap the Whip (1872). It is a small painting (and just one of several of his versions on the same theme):
That picture reminded me of a snap we took of Nathan Hales's Schoolhouse in East Haddam, CT a week ago. Hale taught there for a few months after graduating from Yale. He was bored with living in the sticks, and left to teach in the "city" in New London.
Evocative images. Noticing the slope of Homer's roof is much flatter than that of your East Haddam, CT schoohouse, I clicked through to the "Snap the Whip" link and found this:
"Speculation about the location has proposed Easthampton [sic], Long Island, and upstate New York, where Homer had painted at the beginning of the 1870s. But both the hilly landscape and the sketch for a later schoolteacher picture are more specifically associated with the inland location, though typically Homer generalizes his image beyond the moment."
I'm thinking the lower slope suggests coastal rather than inland location (less need for steep slope to slough off snow)?
A neighbor seven years older than me, who also babysat me and my siblings, attended a one room schoolhouse for grades 1-2 until the elementary school for the whole town was built. A friend's father began his teaching career at one of those one room schoolhouses in town.
A neighbor my age attended a one room schoolhouse in South Dakota.
A neighbor of my grandparents' generation praised his one room schoolhouse education. He informed me that assisting younger students was a good way of reinforcing what you had already learned.
One room schoolhouses are not yet completely out of our collective memory.