Foreword


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CHILDREN MAY NOT HAVE CHANGED but times and institutions have. This story of one year's experiences in a Pima County, Arizona, rural school, told by the teacher and pupils at Baboquívari all took place before World War II, before Sputnik, before “anti-poverty” measures. It happened in the Thirties when large ranches, mostly on public domain, were run like feudal estates; when top cowhands worked for $50 a month; when a schoolteacher's salary was $1125 a year; when country schools were supervised by county superintendents making two part-day visits per term; when the word “drop-out” had not been invented but dropping out was up to the pupils and the teacher's responsibility was to keep them coming.

It happened at a time and place when after all was said and done, a teacher and a bunch of children, assorted grades and ages, were happily, hopefully, enthusiastically on their own in the great and venturesome field of public education.

— E. B.


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