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ERIC Number: ED401075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 10
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Better Together: Rural Schools and Rural Communities.
Haas, Toni
This paper addresses the nature of educational reform and recommends strategies to better reflect the needs of rural schools and their communities. The furor over education reform is largely produced by those who stand to gain from it, including politicians who promote their own agendas and consultants, professors, and experts who make a good living from promoting educational improvement. However, the facts are that schools are not as bad as they have been portrayed; that Goals 2000 is political and not relevant to real students and communities; that schools are not the only answer to improving American society, a task more complicated than increasing international economic competitiveness; that educational policy suited to an industrial society has been detrimental to rural America; and that sustainable education in communities is necessary for improvement in American society. Across the nation, communities and schools are beginning to create sustainable education based on the particular needs of the community. For example, schools are serving as family resource centers that coordinate services to meet a range of student and family needs. Schools are becoming involved in community development programs that encourage the revitalization of rural communities and the restructuring of rural schools. Sustainable education reform should build on the strength and knowledge of local people and provide them with the tools to manage effective change; be diverse in meeting unique community needs; have at its center the support of an individual or small group; recognize limits and operate within them; be multifaceted and attend to issues of purpose, content, rules, roles, and responsibilities; be inclusive and involve all members of the community; be grounded in research on how people learn and are most effectively taught; and be driven by a fundamental trust in the capacity of people to identify and celebrate local strengths and resources. Contains 25 references. (LP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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