Interviewer: Do you think you got a good education in the one-room schoolhouse?
Mr. McCullough: Well, that depends. I, uh, I think that the one-room school that I had, for the most part, very good teachers and now a one-room school you could have a good education or a bad education depending on how good a teacher you had. And I think for the most part I had pretty good teachers. I remember Mary Allen was an excellent teacher.
Interviewer Brennan: Were you kept pretty busy during the day?
Mr. McCullough: Oh, yes. We, well, actually it was, again, up to the teacher. And the teacher could keep you very busy or not so very busy, but I think there's things about the one-room school that they have seen as an advantage even in the last few years, in… Of course, every[one] likes to bad mouth the one-room school, but it wasn't really all that bad if you had, like I said, a good teacher that could organize and really work hard and could make the classes go. Your classes run from six to eight minutes long for each class; but, for example, suppose that a fella is a pretty sharp kid, boy or girl, and you are in the third grade and you get to listen ahead as to what the fourth grade is doing a year before you get to it, because you got your work done fast and you listened, and then you know how to do the fractions actually a year before you get into fractions, and thing like that, so, ah…
An oral history project conducted at the Michigan City Public Library in 1977 - 1978. The subject of the interview is Frank McCullough, who was born in 1907. http://mclib.org/genealogy/oralhistory/mccoullough_f_t-6-130.pdf