Teacher Academy begins new school year by going back in time

From press reports

Students from Mrs. Black’s Teacher Academy class at the Winston- Louisville Career & Technology Center (WLCTC) began the school year by studying the history and trends in American education. Students began by researching the history of education in Winston County at the Winston County Library. The students were surprised by the rich history and diverse opportunities that were available in our county during the early years.

Later in the week, students visited Ford school located on Highway 14 West of Louisville. Mr. Bobby Dean Black, a former student of Ford school, spoke to the students about what it was like to go to school during this time. Ford was started in 1927 and like many of the earlier schools, teachers taught several grade levels in one classroom at the same time. The students were amazed by this and that basketball was played outside on a dirt court! Mr. Black shared several personal stories and gave the students a glimpse of how school was ‘back in the day.’ When Ford school closed, students had the choice to attend Louisville High School or Lobutcha School. Mr. Black said since he was a ‘country boy’, he decided it best to finish his education in the country and chose to graduate from Lobutcha School.

The students thoroughly enjoyed learning about Winston County and gained a deeper appreciation for today’s educational opportunities.