ERIC Number: ED355073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct-11
Just Take Your Time and Keep It between the Lines: Rural Education and the At-Risk Student.
Dorrell, Larry D.
As many as 40 percent of America's school-aged children are at-risk of failure within the current educational system. Many factors outside of school, such as poverty and debilitating parent and family influences, contribute to student failure. Within the school, the most effective factor of intervention for at-risk students is the individual classroom teacher. The best teachers are not always those with the most content knowledge, but rather those who are willing to risk themselves and care about the whole child. Schools that have diversity in curriculum, an adequate support staff, and a variety of student extra-curricular activities, yet are small in size generally are more effective with those students who do not achieve. The size of student population is of most importance within the individual classroom. The fewer students assigned to an individual teacher, the greater the opportunities for effective intervention strategies to deal with the marginal student. Efforts to provide marginal students with appropriate educational opportunities should include parents, the community, educational leaders, teachers, and the student. A key element for the success of all students is encouraging positive self-image. Labeling, grouping, and retaining students create the development of educational push-outs, students who are forced out of the system. The rural educator can take advantage of the small numbers and the sense of community to meet the needs of at-risk students. Contains 50 end notes and 5 tables. (KS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Rural Education Association (84th, Traverse City, MI, October 9-13, 1992).