ERIC Number: ED104579
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-17
Reference Count: 0
Public Education in Rural America.
Sher, Jonathan P.; And Others
Like agriculture, public education in rural America has increasingly moved away from a small community orientation to larger consolidations. The forces of modernization, consolidation, and urbanization challenge the rural community to create a pragmatically viable alternative to the metropolitan way of life, because by adopting urban practices and curriculums, thereby encouraging outmigration of rural youth and ignoring immediate rural needs, today's rural schools are aiding, if not hastening, the process of decay in rural communities. A traditionally inadequate fiscal capacity has tended to perpetuate a cycle of poor facilities, teachers, and students; a high dropout rate; and inadequately prepared graduates, resulting in decreased employment opportunities, low income, and, ultimately, fewer taxable resources. The enormity of education related problems in rural America becomes apparent when examined in terms of comparative statistics (urban vs rural) relative to achievement, motivation, and employment prospects; number of school necessary, therefore, that: (1) Federal aid be dramatically increased; (2) effective control be returned to the local citizenry; and (3) increased attention be paid to the qualitative/substantive issues in rural education. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rural Housing Alliance, Washington, DC.; Rural America, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Rural America (1st, Washington, D.C., April 1975)