ERIC Number: ED261819
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Excellence in Rural Education: "A Nation at Risk" Revisited. Rural Education Mini Review, 1984.
The National Commission on Excellence in Education has challenged educators across the nation to drastically change the course of education during the 1980s. While rural educators share the desire to provide excellence in education, the Commission and the United States Department of Education must recognize the unique characteristics of rural schools and provide appropriately different strategies to enable rural schools to meet the new goals. Rural educators urge national policy makers to recognize diverse rural subcultures, support innovative teacher training programs, develop career ladder and merit pay systems designed to retain quality rural personnel, support more comprehensive inservice training programs, support intermediate educational units, and provide adequate rural special education services support. Problems for rural schools include insufficient funding and inadequate specialists to provide higher level basics, foreign languages, and advanced placement classes recommended as graduation requirements by the Commission. To strengthen programs, rural schools should consider senior student schedules, non-academic programs, classroom time on task, traveling teachers, and community participation. To support rural school reform, policymakers should address recruitment, support, and retention of rural teachers by providing flexible certification requirements, career ladder and merit pay programs, and adequate university teacher training programs. (NEC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.