Just a tidbit of my early school experiences.
Number One: LANGUAGE was a problem since we were raised in a Volga German Russian environment. We had no idea school would confront us with speaking ENGLISH. My brother Alfred, who was born in 1923 and I (born in 1921) were dropped off at Old Bosna one room country school in the southwest part of Trego County, Kansas one fall morning probably 1929 or 1930. Our school was in an area where many of local families also were of Volga German heritage. The German language was forbidden on the school ground.
As the school bell rang, We remained outside, sitting by the corner of the school building, both of us crying . We could not understand any English speaking, etc. We did however learn to assimilate. It was a hurdle. Our school day began with Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, a short Bible reading by the teacher and the Lord's Prayer said in unison.
Encounter #2: Hygiene: Farm boys were not necessarily the most concerned with personal hygiene. Yes we took a wash tub bath once a week and we got dressed up on Sundays for church. However public school introduced us to some UPDATED HYGIENIC PRACTICES: washing your hands and brushing your teeth.
Gold stars were very impressive to us kids at school for a job well done. At that time Lifebuoy Soap had a public relations program where they gave our school small bars of Lifebuoy Soap and tooth brushes and tooth paste along with score charts for each student. Each pupil had a chart posted at the side of his desk, and each morning we were polled by the teacher if we 'Washed our Hands and Brushed our Teeth'. The chart would be marked. At the end of the week, a perfect score was awarded a Gold Star on our chart. This was a wonderful practice that instilled pride in us students. We looked forward to roll call!