Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Back to Basics

Neenah Ellis has been doing a terrific series on the roughly 400 one-room schools remaining in the U.S. for NPR's "Morning Edition." This week she took us to Gold Creek, Montana, where teacher Kim Tozzi is responsible for six students ranging from kindergarten through sixth grade. This story is a great portrait of America off the beaten path. My favorite part of this broadcast is when Ellis interviews the tiny district's superintendent while he brands and castrates cattle -- I can't imagine the superintendent of my kids' school doing that. Last month Ellis took us to a school in Maine, and in February she will report from the only one-room school in Hawaii. I can't wait.


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