PBS studies one-room schoolhouses in NW Ohio

From News 11's media partner, Northwest Signal


NWS Staff Writer

The one-room schoolhouse, though long since abandoned for large schools boasting computers, separate classrooms and indoor plumbing, remains a familiar image for many rural Ohio residents. While many have been demolished to make way for modern developments, some still dot the local country roads and highways, serving as reminders of one of the earliest forms of organized education.

In WBGU-PBS' newest documentary titled "Days of the One-Room Schoolhouse," Producer/Director Tom Zapieki explores the history of the first one-room schoolhouses built in the region, how they developed over the years and a typical day for students.

"I hope this program encourages people to learn more about the one- room schoolhouses in their area and what they can do to protect and preserve them so their legacy lives on," Zapieki said of the documentary, which premiers Thursday evening from 8 to 9:30.