"School Mom"
Season 1, Episode 10
#10 overall in Series
Series: Little House on the Prairie
Network/Country: NBC-TV
Original air date November 13, 1974
Production code 1011
Episode Guide
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Written by Ward Hawkins
Directed by Michael Landon
Guest starring: Dirk Blocker
Charlotte Stewart
Karl Swenson
Kelly Thordsen
Alison Arngrim
Tracie Savage
Jimmy McNichol
Jonathan Gilbert
Robert Hoffman
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"School Mom" was the ninth episode of Season 1 of Little House on the Prairie, also the ninth overall episode in the series. Written by Ward Hawkins, the episode, which was directed by Michal Landon, originally aired on NBC-TV on November 13, 1974.


When Miss Beadle is injured and ordered to rest per Doc Baker, Caroline takes over as substitute teacher of Walnut Grove School. During her tenure, an uneducated youth named Abel enrolls. Abel is relentlessly teased because he is illiterate. Eventually, the harassment and Mrs. Oleson's meddling become too much, and Caroline orders the school closed. Caroline then takes it upon herself to teach Abel to read.


Caroline becomes the substitute teacher when Ms. Beadle sprains her ankle and is unable to work. Caroline takes a special interest in helping an older student, Abel, learn to read. When Mrs. Oleson causes Abel to abandon his studies, Caroline becomes angry and resigns. She returns to her duties after she convinces Abel to give school another chance.[1]


Recurring cast / Guest stars


  • Dirk Blocker's (Abel) father was Dan Blocker who was one of the main characters alongside Michael Landon on Bonanza.?


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