ERIC Number: ED339573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-13
A Bridge over Troubled Water: Rural Education and the At-Risk Student.
Dorrell, Larry D.
America's educators have the ability and the responsibility to help at-risk students learn that they can succeed and that they must make the most of life. Educators should provide a caring environment, encourage students to take risks, and provide support when risk taking is not always successful. Rural students, like urban and suburban students, face difficulties caused by poverty, drugs, child abuse, teenage pregnancy, violent crimes, and the social welfare system. The classroom teacher must teach the child and not a subject. Before teachers can teach a subject, they must teach students to like themselves, to get along with others, and to know right from wrong. It is also essential for the teacher to teach a child to take appropriate chances. Too many students limit their possibilities by being afraid to take a risk. Students must be taught to believe in themselves. Teachers must be concerned about the students who are less capable of success, regardless of the reasons for that reduced capacity. The environment and small size of the rural school provides advantages for the teacher and student to overcome the elements which lead to a diminished educational capacity. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Rural Education Association (83rd, Jackson, MS, October 10-14, 1991).