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ERIC Number: ED352221
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Traditional Values and Rural Education (Peasant Philosophy).
McFaul, John
This brief address was given by a Australian dairy farmer, who served as a parent representative on a committee of teachers at a local school. The speaker draws his observations from his experience "bridging the gap" between teachers' understanding of school operations and the views of rural parents. Rural values, or "peasant philosophy," is defined as an old system of beliefs among people who are rooted to the land, drawing their sense of pride and purpose from hard physical work. Peasant philosophy is conservative and traditional. Although it doesn't change much from place to place, those who subscribe to it are loyal to their home territory. Rural people also possess a perception of time that extends across generations, and they generally mistrust far-away, official sources of power. For all these reasons, communication with rural people can be difficult. Such people communicate with each other differently (and better) than they do with outsiders. The speaker recommends that inexperienced rural teachers be prepared for their work by being given research data, as well as information on rural values, useful local information, and "workable strategies." The address includes several colorful anecdotes and rural sayings to illustrate the speaker's points. (TES)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia