The One Room School Revisited

The One Room School Revisited


Bill Kauffman in the Wall Street Journal article, In One Room, Many Advantages, examines Professor Jonathan Zimmerman’s book, Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory.  In 1913 half of the nation’s school children attended one of the 212,000 single teacher schools. By 1960 progressive educationists, growing cities and centralizing pressures reduced the total to 1%.  Zimmerman quotes Delaware school consolidators telling small school supporters that “modern less romantic and more businesslike, more formal, more exact, more specialized, done according to tested methods and a standard schedule.” In the name of “efficiency” small town traditions were buried in a maze of regulations and policies.  Big was better, and it was only a bus ride away.  The days of walking to school were over. From 1930 to 1970 nearly two-thirds of all school districts were eliminated through the process of consolidation.  Parents and neighbors on a small town school board were incapable of keeping up with the new methods and policies. New Deal journalists filed stories depicting run down one room schools with students receiving inferior educations. Zimmerman quotes a rural mother who said that “individuality will be lost, the pride taken away from our school and our teacher gone.  Haven’t the parents who bear the children anything to say?”


Well, homeschooling parents have something to say.  According to the Institute of Education Sciences over 1.5 million students which is 2.9% of the school age population are now home schooled.

From a 2007 survey:

36% (of the students) of the homeschooling parents stated a desire to provide religious or moral instruction.

21% stated a concern about school environment such as safety, drugs and negative peer pressure.

17% stated a dissatisfaction with academic instruction.  

14% named family time, finances, travel and distance.

7% decided to provide a nontraditional approach to education.

5% named health problems or special needs.


Researchers have now discovered the advantages of a one room school.  A child is not a statistic on a government chart.  In a one room school a child is an individual and given the attention and recognition a child deserves.  A child can move at a pace that fits their ability and motivation. A child in a one room school interacts with older and younger children in a real world environment and is not some number locked in an age group in a remotely controlled warehouse where Progress is the latest buzz phrase (Back to Basics - President Reagan 1981-1989, Nation at Risk 1983, No Child Left Behind 2001, School Choice, President Clinton’s Technology Literacy Challenge, President Clinton and Nationalized Standards and Common Core)  and Bigness is the justification for government and for big business control.  


Marketplace Mission Learning Center on Marco Island, Florida, offers a one room school of no more than seven students where students receive attention and recognition, move at their own pace through our Ignitia  online curriculum and interact with students at different grade levels. Another option is homeschooling.  You can be the teacher. 



Marco Island Schools

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Why Use Ignitia Online Courses

Why Use Ignitia Online Courses


The 50 Best Online High School Diplomas presents a description of private and university affiliated high school diploma programs comparing their programming, academic oversight, state approval, performance, inclusivity, personal attention and cost. Number 16, Alpha Omega Academy offers Ignitia online and print based LIFEPAC and Horizons.  


Marketplace Mission Learning Center (MMLC), starting its fourth year, offers our in-class students and our homeschool teachers 180 Ignitia courses with the support of a 31 year public school teacher and four year private school teacher who has had 5 years working with over 50 students using Ignitia courses and with the support of 24/7 access to my Moodle site Marketplace Mission Classrooms.   As a forty year teacher who has had over 5,000 students I am a text or an email or a phone call or a Google video call or a Facetime away ready to help you become a learning coach-teacher to your student. Articles and support lessons on my Moodle site offer online libraries to help you assume this role.   For more information about Ignitia, read the 24 page brochure Ignitia: Bible-based, Online Courses for Christian Schools.   

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Home Schooling and College Success

Home Schooling and College Success

From Exploring Academic Outcomes of Homeschooled Students by Michael Cogan of the University of St. Thomas

Home school lacks a clear definition.  The following characteristics describe it.

  • K-12

  • Child receives the majority of formal education in the home

  • Primary teacher is the parent or guardian

  • Curriculum may be structured or not

  • Approximately 1.5 million home school children in the US (3%) in 2007 with a growth from 800,000 in 1999 and from 300,000 in 1991

Generally, home school families compared to public school families have the same income level, higher education levels, likely to live in a rural area, have two parents and bigger families.

The reasons for home schooling are a concern about the school environment, a desire to provide religious and/or moral instruction and a dissatisfaction with instruction at other schools.

According to this study of over 1000 students over four years:

  • ACT scores of homeschool were 1.5 points higher with Math ACT scores the same, but English ACT  and Reading scores 3 points higher than public school students.

  • The first fall 91% of homeschool students completed their schedule with a GPA of 3.37 compared to 87% of public school students completing their schedule with a 3.07 GPA.

  • The four year graduation rates and GPAs were home school 66.7% with a 3.46 GPA and public school  58.6% with a 3.16 GPA.


Dual Enrollment/Early Admission Student

Dual Enrollment/Early Admission Student


Each year more than 3500 students from the five county district (Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades) of southwest Florida start college life through Dual Enrollment at FSW - Florida Southwestern State College (formerly Edison State College). Dual enrollment college classes are free.  

See Dual Enrollment for more information about FSW’s program.


The Dual Enrollment/Early Admission procedure for FSW follows:

Submit an admissions application.

Submit a college placement exam (PERT).

Submit your high school transcripts.

Submit an Accelerated High School Registration Approval Form from your high school counselor.

After you are admitted:

Create your personal myFSW web portal to access your schedule, email and information about your student status.

Get your FSW Buc Card (your student ID).

Register for classes.