Directed by: Dianna Ott
Running Time: 22:00
The Kindgom Come School follows teacher Harding Ison and his twenty-two students as they work, study, and play together during a typical day at the last one-room schoolhouse in Letcher County. Students are seen doing cross-age tutoring, fixing lunch, working at the chalkboard, and receiving one-on-one instruction from the teacher. Ison’s views on the value of one-room schools are contrasted with the county school superintendent’s rationale for further consolidation.
“It shows that there is more to education than new shiny buildings with indoor plumbing. This film captures the spirit of a true community school and a dedicated teacher.” –Mike Mullins, Director, Hindman Settlement School
“Showing this film practically guarantees enthusiastic discussion; education planners and curriculum specialists, as well as classroom teachers, will be challenged by it.” –Childhood Education
“No stronger case can be made for resisting overcentralization and mechanization of the schools.” –Herb Kohl, author, The Open Classroom
Screenings & Festivals
Robert Flaherty Film Seminar
Janus Theater, Washington, D.C.
Kentucky Educational Television
West Virginia Conference on Alternative Education