Memories of a Georgia Teacher: Fifty Years in the Classroom

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University of Georgia Press, 2002 - 297 pàgines
Memories of a Georgia Teacher chronicles the personal and professional life of a principled, resourceful, and deeply religious woman whose career began at a time when state support for primary education was all but nonexistent. Martha Mizell started teaching in 1913 in a one-room, one-teacher school near the Okefenokee Swamp in southeast Georgia. At the time she was barely fifteen, and her formal schooling amounted to seven years.

While Puckett offers a valuable perspective on schooling in the twentieth-century rural South, she also captures the essence of daily life in the communities in which she taught. We read of how she sometimes boarded with parents of her pupils, of how teachers, students, and parents joined together in observance of holidays, of the rituals of school openings and closings, and of how schooling managed to continue through the busy growing seasons. Personal details of Puckett's life also emerge, from her relationship with her parents to life at home with her husband and their eight children.

Martha Mizell Puckett's career paralleled the transformation of small, informal community school systems into consolidated, government supported, bureaucratic structures. Through Puckett's eyes our own are opened--to hard times, certainly, but also to a time of notable closeness and involvement between schools and their communities.

 

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CHAPTER
1
My Short Stay in the Long Ford Community
16
Bamboo School and a War Begins
48
CHAPTER 8
66
CHAPTER 10
112
CHAPTER 12
136
CHAPTER 13
144
Summer 1919
152
Empire School Years
237
Lunch at Gardi
245
Empire Community School in World War II
251
CHAPTER 24
266
CHAPTER 25
267
Back to Empire
268
CHAPTER 27
273
CHAPTER 28
286

Red Hill School
164
Preparing for the School I Never Taught
167
CHAPTER 18
193
My Teaching Career 19211932
232
This I Believe
291
Schools at Which I Have Taught
294
Notes
295
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Sobre l'autor (2002)

Martha Mizell Puckett (1897-1974) was an educator for most of her life. Son Hoyle B. Puckett Sr. is retired from the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is also an emeritus graduate professor of agricultural engineering at the University of Illinois.

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