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ERIC Number: ED141056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1930
Reference Count: 0
The Smallness of America's Rural High Schools. Bulletin, 1930, No. 13.
Gaumnitz, Walter H.
Presenting U.S. Office of Education biennial data derived from questionnaires sent to 18,157 high schools out of a known 21,700 in operation during the 1925-26 school year, the major portion of this study is limited to schools located in open country, villages, or towns of fewer than 2,500 in population (a total of 14,143 schools with an aggregate enrollment of 1,080,006). The first part of this study is concerned with describing: how many rural high schools there are in the various states in 1925-26; how small these schools are; how many years of work these schools offer; how these schools are organized; and to what extent high school opportunities are available to rural youth in 1925-26. The second part of this study attempts to call attention to some of the major problems inherent in the smallness of rural high schools and to cite some of the outstanding plans proposed and experiments in progress re: solutions to these problems. Summarizing the situation, this bulletin asserts: the secondary education of the child attending the rural or small high school is in most cases circumscribed by an untrained and over burdened staff; it is limited to a narrow and maladjusted program of educational activities; it is handicapped by the meagerness or the entire absence of educational equipment; and the number of pupils is so small that it is impossible to furnish at reasonable costs a quality of secondary education commensurate with social need. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
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