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Iowa’s country schools averaged from 12 to 15 students. Some had as few as two. There were no grade levels. When a student passed one lesson he moved on to the next. Big students as old as 17 learned right along with little ones, 6 or 7. Such a setup kept the teacher busy finding a different activity for each child. While one group of children read from their books, another practiced penmanship.
Tina, would you study this page in the geography lesson please?
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