Every community, rural and urban alike, faces the problem of providing for the development of its children, youth, and adults. In providing for the school environment in rural communities two general plans have been adopted. One plan is based on the traditional, small, usually one-room school; the other on a consolidation of many districts into one large unit. It is generally assumed in professional circles that the consolidated school is the superior of the two environments. In spite of this the growth of consolidation has proceeded slowly. Furthermore there appears in the mind of many tax-payers and parents the contrary assumption that "the little Red School House" has unique values in human development, that consolidation may be a mistake and that it isn't worth the cost. Just what these values are has never been clearly demonstrated.
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Henson, Eloise and Ojemann, Ralph H.
"The Growth of Children in Consolidated and One-Room Rural Elementary Schools,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 52(1), 249-251.
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