Thomas University Students Learn 'Old-Fashioned' Lessons

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Students in the 'Intro to Education' class met in Thomasville's one-room school house for an 'old-fashioned' lesson.

Jack Hadley, who runs the Thomasville Black History Museum, stopped by to explain the schoolhouse's role in Thomasville's past, and how far education has come in the past century.

Explains Hadley, "We're going to tell them all about what they can expect, and the kind of classrooms we went through, and the kind of schools that I went to when I was a little boy. Hopefully this will let them know that today it is ... a piece of cake."

Salena Walker is a Sophomore at TU who wants to be a math teacher.

Walker said she was surprised at how different the teaching was during the early half of the 20th century.

She says, "They went about [with] all different students, all different ages and groups in one classroom ... and how that was taught -- I mean, that's different from the way I was taught."

The schoolhouse was built in 1907 and educated African-American children in Thomas County until the 1950s.

It was restored in the 1970s under the US Bicentennial Projects.


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