Thread That Runs So True

by Jesse Stuart

Touchstone | January 1, 1950 | Trade Paperback

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First published in 1949, Jesse Stuart’s now classic personal account of his twenty years of teaching in the mountain region of Kentucky has enchanted and inspired generations of students and teachers.

With eloquence and wit, Stuart traces his twenty-year career in education, which began, when he was only seventeen years old, with teaching grades one through eight in a one-room schoolhouse. Before long Stuart was on a path that made him principal and finally superintendent of city and county schools. The road was not smooth, however, and Stuart faced many challenges, from students who were considerably older—and bigger—than he to well-meaning but distrustful parents, uncooperative administrators and, most daunting, his own fear of failure. Through it all, Stuart never lost his abiding faith in the power of education. A graceful ode to what he considered the greatest profession there is, Jesse Stuart’s The Thread That Runs So True is timeless proof that “good teaching is forever and the teacher is immortal.”

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 in

Published: January 1, 1950

Publisher: Touchstone

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0684719045

ISBN - 13: 9780684719047

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Thread That Runs So True

Thread That Runs So True

by Jesse Stuart

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 in

Published: January 1, 1950

Publisher: Touchstone

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0684719045

ISBN - 13: 9780684719047

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Chapter 1Monday morning when I started on my way to school, I had with me Don Conway, a pupil twenty years of age, who had never planned to enter school again. I was the new teacher here at Lonesome Valley and I didn't know what kind of brains he had. He had left school when he was in the fourth grade. But I did know that he had two good fists and that he would be on my side. All day Sunday while I had worked at the schoolhouse, I was trying to think of a plan so I could stay at Lonesome Valley School. I knew I had to stay. I knew if one had to go it would be Guy Hawkins. I might have to use my head a little but that was why I had it.It had taken a lot of persuasion to get Don Conway to return to school. He had planned to get married after his tobacco crop was sold. But I explained the value of an education to him in dollars and cents. I told him I would teach him how to measure a field and figure the number of acres, how to figure the number of bushels in a wagon bed, cornbin, and how many cubic yards of dirt one would have to remove to dig a cellar or a well. Don Conway was interested in this type of knowledge. I told him no man should be married and live on a farm unless he knew these simple things, for he could easily be cheated the rest of his days. I was interested in his learning these things all right, but I was interested in something else.Don, his two small brothers, his sister Vaida, and I went to school together. I congratulated John Conway for sending all his chi
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Table of Contents


Contents

PREFACE

PART I

THE NEEDLE'S EYE THAT DOES SUPPLY

PART II

THE THREAD THAT RUNS SO TRUE

PART III

I STUMPED MY TOE AND DOWN I GO

PART IV

MANY A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT

PART V

MANY A SCHOOL HAVE I LET GO

PART VI

BECAUSE I WANTED YOU

From the Publisher

First published in 1949, Jesse Stuart’s now classic personal account of his twenty years of teaching in the mountain region of Kentucky has enchanted and inspired generations of students and teachers.

With eloquence and wit, Stuart traces his twenty-year career in education, which began, when he was only seventeen years old, with teaching grades one through eight in a one-room schoolhouse. Before long Stuart was on a path that made him principal and finally superintendent of city and county schools. The road was not smooth, however, and Stuart faced many challenges, from students who were considerably older—and bigger—than he to well-meaning but distrustful parents, uncooperative administrators and, most daunting, his own fear of failure. Through it all, Stuart never lost his abiding faith in the power of education. A graceful ode to what he considered the greatest profession there is, Jesse Stuart’s The Thread That Runs So True is timeless proof that “good teaching is forever and the teacher is immortal.”

About the Author

Jesse Stuart worked his way through Lincoln Memorial and Vanderbilt Universities, and taught school in his native Kentucky. He lectured at various colleges and universities until 1954, when he suffered a near-fatal heart attack. After his recovery, he returned to writing, lecturing, and farming. As a specialist for the U.S. Department of State, he traveled around the world, and he served as a visiting lecturer and professor at the American University in Cairo in 1960-61. His work includes nearly thirty books, ranging from poetry to biography, autobiography, novels, and short stories. Jesse Stuart died in 1984.

From Our Editors

A personal narrative of the author's experiences as a teacher in the mountain region of Kentucky.

Editorial Reviews

Harriette Arnow The New York Times Readable and entertaining...He speaks eloquently of the many injustices in educational opportunity that arise from poverty, both in the individual and the unit of government under which he lives.