Education In Rural America
A Reassessment Of Conventional Wisdom
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.
Table of Contents
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