The consolidation of one-room schools was the most dramatic change to public education over the course of the 20th century, says Campbell Scribner, assistant professor of education at Ohio Wesleyan University.
On Feb. 29, Scribner will discuss “One Room Schoolhouses and the Search for a Democratic Past” at 7:30 p.m. in Benes Room B of OWU’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. Admission is free.
During his presentation, Scribner will offer a reappraisal of the one-room schoolhouse and describe an ongoing project to photograph all such schoolhouses still standing in Delaware County. His presentation represents OWU’s 2016 Joseph and Edith Vogel Lecture, which annually focuses on an aspect of local history.
Scribner’s current research covers a broad chronological period but centers on contested notions of democracy in American schools. He has written articles about educational reform in the 1790s, about teaching communism during the Cold War, and about the consolidation of rural schools over the course of the 20th century.
The latter project will become the basis of his first book, a history of “local control” of education from 1900 to the present. His teaching interests also include the history and philosophy of education, the history of childhood, and educational law and politics.
In addition to being an assistant professor of education, Scribner also serves as director of OWU’s adolescent/young adult and multi-age teacher-education programs.
Scribner joined the OWU faculty in 2013.
OWU’s annual Joseph and Edith Vogel Lecture is made possible by a gift from their son, Ezra F. Vogel, a 1950 Ohio Wesleyan graduate, native of Delaware and retired professor of East Asian studies at Harvard University.
Information for this story was provided by Ohio Wesleyan University.