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ERIC Number: ED329416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 9
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Agrarian Visions.
Theobald, Paul
A new feature in "Country Teacher,""Agrarian Visions" reminds rural teachers that they can do something about rural decline. Like to populism of the 1890s, the "new populism" advocates rural living. Current attempts to address rural decline are contrary to agrarianism because: (1) telecommunications experts seek to solve problems of rural education through interactive television; (2) proponents of rural economic development suggest that rural communities exploit themselves as cheap labor to draw processing or manufacturing plants to their communities to create jobs; (3) some economic development specialists advise schools to become entrepreneurs and create community-saving businesses, when schools do not have the capital to do so; and (4) "human capital theorists" encourage rural schools to create a workforce with the right numeracy, literacy, and social skills to make them attractive to entrepreneurial capitalists. American agrarianism is based on the belief that the individuals who chose the farming life deserve freedom and equality, and that the health of the nation lies in its attempts to keep as many such individuals on the land as possible. Rural teachers should encourage students to engage in dialogue about the forces creating rural decline, allowing them to decide what secures or endangers their freedom as rural people. Future articles will explore the philosophical and historical underpinnings of agrarianism in America. (KS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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