Oral Histories

Bill Meador

b.1933

Bill Meador

A: Schools were the center of our social world. You met everybody you knew every day. It was just a center of when and where things happened. I remember some very good teachers and some that I disliked. I was not a particularly enthralled student, especially early. We had a dirt playground across from where the old school is on Center Street that we played all kinds of kick the ball games. It was dirt and puncture weeds. The school either organized things to a limited degree or we organized them ourselves. Practically everything you were involved with was school related during that nine months. In summertime it was a different thing, you organized your own fun. School was the center of our lives. I felt good about it. I never felt that I was cheated in the type of education that I got. Lots of people say that rural education is not good, but I never felt that. Mrs. Knight was a lady years and years ahead of her time. She ran the schools with an iron thumb. What she said was absolute law and to our parents as well. To me, I thought she was a great lady. Later, when I chose to become a teacher, I went to her and asked her what she thought about me becoming a teacher. She said, “What could students do that you haven’t done?” Meaning you’ll be able to stop whatever is happening. A great lady as far as I’m concerned. Schools were basically a center of what we did.

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