A Study of Rural Schools in Travis County, Texas
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The purpose of this investigation is to make an accurate and scientific estimate of the status of public education in about two hundred square miles of the southeastern part of Travis County. By making a close survey of this area and reporting it to the public in the following pages, it is hoped that other communities similarly situated will be assisted in finding where they stand educationally. This report is intended to serve as a simple, direct sort of guide whereby a rural community may conduct a self-examination into its school affairs, determining its points of greatest strength and revealing its sources of greatest weakness. It is a method of attack by examination and diagnosis before the issuance of a prescription or other remedial measure. This study has been presented as one chapter of a thesis offered in part fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the University of Texas, and its publication in this form ahead of the completion of the thesis has been allowed. I wish to acknowledge my gratitude to Dean W. S. Sutton and Dr. A. Caswell Ellis for their counsel and many valuable suggestions to me in the course of this survey. I am also indebted to Dr. J. C. Bell, Dr. L. W. Sackett, and Dr. T. A. Kelley for their co-operation and assistance in connection with the standard educational tests used in this piece of work. The assistance of Miss L. R. Rogers, graduate student in education, in tabulating the results of some of the educational tests given to the pupils is most highly appreciated. I also wish to express my appreciation to County Superintendent Miss Maud Douglas, and the teachers in the schools that were examined, for their very helpful co-operation.