Virginia had a simple approach to education that centered on the involvement of parents and the community. Her work and assisted local, rural schools and their communities in early twentieth-century Virginia. Those schools and communities overcame many of the obstacles that African Americans faced from the rural school problem. Her approach to vocational pedagogy was dynamic as she promoted simple forms of agricultural and industrial training. She would often let her students see her work outdoors in the field. Randolph has been quoted as saying, “The education a child gets out of a book isn’t going to do him much good if he doesn’t know how to use his hands” (Semmes, 1947, p.6).