Abstract: Arthur Wallace discusses his career in the Kentucky educational system, starting as a student at one room school to being a principal at Cadiz Elementary School. He describes the advantages and disadvantages of the one room school, his philosophy toward education and some of the numerous changes he witnessed in his lifetime. He further discusses grading systems, teacher and student relationships and differing assignments through the decades. He also offers insights on significant historical events in the Land Between the Lakes region from a teacher's perspective.
Biographical / Historical note: Arthur Wallace was born at Golden Pond, Kentucky in 1925. His parents and grandparents lived on a large farm along the Cumberland River. Wallace's father, a farmer and school teacher, influenced his son to follow in his footsteps and continue his studies. He attended Cadiz High School and served a brief time in the United States Air Force. He returned to Golden Pond and continued his studies at Murray State College. After graduation, he began teaching at Golden Pond and was later promoted to principal of the school. He taught at Golden Pond until the community was relocated with the creation of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Afterwards, he became principal at Cadiz Elementary School.
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