ERIC Number: ED108826
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-25
Reference Count: 0
What is Happening in Rural Education Today: A Status Report.
Tamblyn, Lewis R.
Arrayed by size of place, the U.S. rural population consitutes 31.4 percent of total U.S. population. Unfortunately, "rural" and "rural education" are often discussed as if they were separate entities. Actually they are inextricably interwoven, for those very factors which describe rurality very much determine rural education. Documenting the still prevalent economic plight of rural populations, the 1967 report by the President's Commission on Rural Poverty details the following rural characteristics: relative isolation of communities; prevailing cultural level; relative population decline; scarcity of leadership; inadequate tax base; economically irrelevant political boundaries; shortage of well qualified personnel; and resistance to change. Such factors have perpetuated the inadequacies of rural public services, particularly schools. The inability of rural areas to support educational programs is readily reflected in their: inadequate facilities and instructional materials; disproportionate numbers of unqualified teachers; high teacher turnover rates; lack of effective special services; higher dropout rates; inadequately prepared graduates; high unemployment and underemployment rates; and few taxable resources. As the U.S. can no longer afford these rural American losses, a combination of national will and increased human and financial resources is required to solve these problems. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Rural Education Conference, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, April 24-25, 1975