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“Back To Basics” For Dallas Students In One-Room Schoolhouse

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - It’s like something right out of the past. No computers, no tablets.

North Texas students are going to class in a one-room schoolhouse in a little red house on the hill, with a school bell on the porch and a white picket fence out front.

It’s a play on the past for 30 children at a time and the families who yearn for it.

“We go back to the basics. First things first,” says June Campbell.

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(credit: CBS 11 News)

She has led this special academy in far north Dallas for 30 years now.

Children, 13 years and younger, fill three sections of the one classroom crafted for the Campbell Christian Academy.

Reading, writing and arithmetic. That’s it. Computers, tablets and other tech gadgets won’t be found here.

“We use the brain computer. The brain is like a muscle,” explains Campbell. “If you think about it, if a child can’t read, how much science can he do. How much history can he do?”

(credit: CBS 11 News)

(credit: CBS 11 News)

Parents have paid for the Campbell academy program since the time the school started in June Campbell’s house.

James Connell sends two children to the red schoolhouse for the old fashioned teaching tenets.

“My thought is, if you have mastery of math, and read well, write well, you can go into any class anytime anywhere and be successful,” he said.

Along with the one-room schoolhouse theme, there’s something else different and distinctive about this academy. The kids only attend school here two hours a day.

(credit: CBS 11 News)

(credit: CBS 11 News)

As Campbell will tell you, two hours of the three R’s is the formula that worked in the old days, so the one-room schoolhouse she leads today hasn’t veered off that course.

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