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The Arthurdale Community SchoolEducation and Reform in Depression Era Appalachia$
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Sam F. Jr. Stack

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813166889

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813166889.001.0001

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From Community School to Traditional

From Community School to Traditional

(p.107) 6 From Community School to Traditional
The Arthurdale Community School

Sam F. Stack

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the gradual transition of the Arthurdale School from an experiment educational institution to a more traditional one following the departure of the progressive contingent of educators. It discusses the changes and the similarities of the philosophy and practices of the changing school and community as well as some of the contradictions between progressive rhetoric and actual practice. Following the departure of Clapp and her progressive contingent, the school became part of the local Preston County school system. The chapter addresses the leadership of Grant Nine, who took over for Clapp and agreed with some aspects of progressive education philosophy. Among the teachers, George Beecher and Fletcher Collins went to Elon College in North Carolina. Collins continued his work in folklore collection and Beecher his work in science curriculum. The chapter discusses two important reports, one written by the Arthurdale high school faculty and the other by faculty from the College of Education, West Virginia University, showing distinctive differences in philosophy and in what should be the future direction of the Arthurdale School.

Keywords:   Grant Nine, Elon College, Preston County, WV, Literacy, Farm Security Administration, West Virginia University

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