Excerpt from Rural Centralized Graded and Model Schools: 1918 To The Reader: This bulletin has been compiled and issued in the interest of better rural school conditions. It deals principally with the subject of consolidated and union graded schools and should be studied carefully by all teachers, school board members, and patrons who are interested in making the rural schools of this state more efficient. It is t our purpose to urge the consolidation of schools against the wishes of the people in any community. On the other hand, we advise that unless a community can act in peace and harmony it would be better to let the schools remain as they are. We believe that a close study of this bulletin, in which we have set forth the advantages of consolidation the plan of organization and the results obtained in many of the consolidated schools, will create a desire to provide better advantages for the boys and girls w attending rural schools. We have endeavored to give you the best information obtainable from other states, in addition to the experience which we have had in our own state, on this subject. We fully realize that some course must be taken by which we can give to the boys and girls in the rural districts high school advantages. To send them to town for an education means t only to educate them away from the farm (home?) but, in many instances, to educate them under conditions very much to their disliking. We do t contend that it is t best to send the children to high school in the town or city when there is other high school for them to attend. The reverse is true. But we do contend that a rural high school conducted entirely for the benefit of rural pupils is far more efficient and desirable for farm boys and girls than a town high school. During my first administration, the Legislature appropriated $100,000 to encourage consolidated schools. This was exhausted, and the last Legislature appropriated $175,000 for the benefit of consolidated and union graded schools. This money is available when the conditions prescribed by law are met. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.