This book explores the "conventional wisdom" of rural education in America and examines its merits in the light of both accumulated experience and recent research. It provides practical, well-argued suggestions for a public policy both humane and capable of realization in rural areas.
Pluralism in the Countryside: A Brief Profile of Rural America and Its Schools Part One: Panaceas as Policy 1. The Urbanization of Rural Schools, 1840-1970 2. Economy, Efficiency, and Equality: The Myths of Rural School and District Consolidation Part Two: Policy and Paradox 3. Choosing Smallness: An Examination of the Small School Experience in Rural America 4. Coping with Sparsity: A Review of Rural School Finance Part Three: The Real World 5. Class Conflict in Rural Education: A Case Study of Preston County 6. Centralization versus Decentralization: A Case Study of Rural Education in Vermont Part Four: Beyond Conventional Wisdom 7. What's Next? A Research and Action Agenda for Rural Education 8. School-based Community Development Corporations: A New Strategy for Education and Development in Rural America