ERIC Number: ED367518
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-16
Reference Count: N/A
You Can't Look Forward to Tomorrow, While Holding on to Yesterday: Rural Education and the At-Risk Student.
Dorrell, Larry D.
Like urban America, rural America faces problems with drugs, crime, unemployment, poverty, inadequate health care, teenage pregnancy, suicide, etc. Almost three quarters of all public schools in the United States are in rural areas. At least 30 percent of America's current school-age children are at risk and have become educationally disadvantaged. Factors that contribute to student failure are poverty, negative attitudes toward school in the home and neighborhood, single parent households, drug abuse, violence, and inadequate preschool opportunities. Early intervention provides the best opportunity to break the cycle of dependence for disadvantaged children. High rates of teenage pregnancy perpetuate the cycle of generations of children who live in poverty and are at risk of school failure. The school and individual classroom teachers may have the last opportunity to rescue these children from an unproductive and difficult life. The school with a smaller student population generally has a better opportunity to provide the individual attention needed by the marginally achieving student. Rural educators should build on this advantage and offer at-risk students encouragement and a positive attitude to help them achieve. Contains 78 references. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Project Head Start
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Rural Education Association (85th, Burlington, VT, October 16, 1993).