ERIC Number: ED195374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov-10
Reference Count: 0
What Is Rural Education--The Next 50 Years.
Four sets of variables are likely to influence the nature of rural education by the year 2030. The first trend characterizes the mass production model of education and calls for increased specialization. This trend is likely to be replaced by a broader, more integrated one in which the interrelationships between content areas will be more evident and practical application of knowledge and skills will gain importance. Secondly, counter trends in the widely accepted school consolidation policy will continue, and a second round of consolidation will take place which will move many schools from small towns and place them back in rural areas of the country. The third major variable, the centralization of decision making, is expected to undergo changes, as demands for local control by rural communities increase. The fourth variable, that of practicing a philosophy that encourages the homogenization of society by eliminating ethnic and cultural differences, is likely to be replaced by a wider acceptance of bilingual and bicultural education. After 80 years of urbanization and standardization, changes in rural education during the next 50 years are anticipated to be more substantive than quantitative, resulting in a more favorable climate in tune with rural reality. (JD)
Descriptors: Biculturalism, Bilingual Education, Community Control, Consolidated Schools, Decentralization, Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Relevance (Education), Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, Specialization, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Kansas State University Rural and Small School Conference (2nd, Manhattan, KS, November 10-11, 1980).