ERIC Number: ED342567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-17
Rural America--Learn Your History or Repeat It: A Three Legged Stool Doesn't Tip Over.
Rural people in their environment have the necessary attributes to successfully endure and survive those trials that would lead to urban decline. As societal problems require increased investment in existing institutions, the growing complexity eventually yields a lower level of benefits or returns. Urban problems such as hunger, homelessness, and crowding mirror events taking place in Third World countries. City dwellers command a disproportionate share of society's financial and natural resources and generate a disproportionate share of its wastes. Historically, rural America has benefitted from the continuity of home, school, and community as opposed to the fragmentation of urban life. Rural replication of fragmented urban institutions such as schools and welfare agencies may become counterproductive to the rural community. Economic development efforts in rural areas should involve young people and promote increased involvement and pride in the community. Increased economic opportunity should provide substantial reasons and means for youth to remain in rural areas as productive adults. Rural development efforts should involve: (1) carefully examining urban problems; (2) exploring, defining, and emphasizing the positive qualities of rural places; and (3) exploring school and community options that take advantage of developing scarcities and new technologies to provide decentralized services. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Reaching Our Potential: Rural Education in the 90's. Conference Proceedings, Rural Education Symposium (Nashville, TN, March 17-20, 1991); see RC 018 473.