Kingdom Come School (Film)

Kingdom Come School

  •  Diana Ott
  •  1973
  • Color IconColor
  •  21:33
  •  16 mm film
Film Description
Kindgom Come School follows teacher Harding Ison and his 22 students as they work, study, and play together during a typical day at the very 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 at one of the last schools of its kind, while the film contrasts Ison’s views on the value of one-room school with the county school superintendent’s rationale for further consolidation. The film captures a moment in time and is a valuable data point in the ongoing debates about education in rural America today.

Screenings & Festivals
  • Robert Flaherty Film Seminar
  • Janus Theater, Washington, D.C.
  • Kentucky Educational Television
  • West Virginia Conference on Alternative Education


“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.” — Hindman Settlement School
“No stronger case can be made for resisting overcentralization and mechanization of the schools.” — Herb Kohl, author
“Showing this film practically guarantees enthusiastic discussion; education planners and curriculum specialists, as well as classroom teachers, will be challenged by it.” — Childhood Education