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Are One-Room Schoolhouses Making a Comeback?

The idea of multi-age students in a single classroom may trigger painful memories of grandparents' stories about walking uphill to school both ways. Still, the iconic setup is making a small comeback.

In 1931, NPR reported, there were 150,000 one-room schools all across the country. There are very few now, but one group is looking to change that.

Matt Candler founded 4.0 Schools, a New Orleans-based incubator that helps launch for-profit and nonprofit education ventures, including mSchool, which establishes small "pop-up classrooms" with online curricula in community centers. He wrote recently about the return of the micro-school, NPR wrote.

"I think there's such a massive demand for better options public and private," Candler told NPR. "I think it's very likely you'll see a NOLA-launched micro-school, if not a wave of them."

A number of other companies are trying to do the same thing, including Tiny School in Abilene, Texas, Brightworks in San Francisco, and Action Academy in Austin, Texas.

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Article by Daniel Kline, EducationWorld Contributing Editor

 

 

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