One-Room School Memoir/1960's Social History

Nov. 5 2019
Linda Hutsell-Manning
New Publication

Part memoir, part creative non-fiction, Fearless and Determined: Two Years Teaching in a One Room School, Blue Denim Press, Oct 2019, takes you back to life in rural Southern Ontario in the mid 1960's. With one year's training  at Toronto Teacher's College and no curriculum resources except a list of subjects, Linda Hutsell-Manning created and taught courses for eight grades. Built in 1860, the school had seen better days and resembled many one-room schools across Canada. With a wood stove, two pit toilets, a cold water taps and no storm windows, many students experienced their entire elementary education here.

Linda's memoir tranverses the kennedy assassination, the Beatles craze and smallpox shots. She worked ten-hour days and made on-the-spot decisions as teacher and principal. "Circumstance gave me this opportunity; time has deemed it to be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life," Linda says.