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The last stand : schools, communities and the future of rural Nova Scotia

Author: Paul W Bennett
Publisher: Halifax ; Winnipeg : Fernwood Publishing, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The hour is late and the clock is ticking for rural and small town communities in Nova Scotia. School closures capture the news headlines, but they signal a more profound development: the gradual, yet relentless, decline in rural populations and a demographic shift that threatens to extinguish what remains of rural communities in Nova Scotia. In The Last Stand, Paul W. Bennett responds to the looming crisis with a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul W Bennett
ISBN: 9781552665787 155266578X
OCLC Number: 847332548
Description: viii, 128 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: To Save Small Communities, Save the Schools --
The Big Shift: Confronting Demographic Gravity and Rural Decline --
The Disturbing Trend: To Foreclosure --
Impact of School Closures: On Communities and Children --
The Turnaround Strategy: Stop School Closures and Focus on Rural Revitalization --
Developing a Rural strategy: The Building Blocks --
Community Building: The Case for Public Engagement --
The Response: Mushrooming Public Support and Official Silence --
The Path to Rural Regeneration: Transforming Schools into Community Hubs --
Appendices.
Responsibility: Paul W. Bennett with Nova Scotia Small Schools Initiative, Public Interest Research Group: Kate Oland, Michelle Wamboldt, Sandra Labor, Randy Delorey, Leif Helmer, Steven Rhude, and Ron Stockton.

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The hour is late and the clock is ticking for rural and small town communities in Nova Scotia. School closures capture the news headlines, but they signal a more profound development: the gradual, yet relentless, decline in rural populations and a demographic shift that threatens to extinguish what remains of rural communities in Nova Scotia. In The Last Stand, Paul W. Bennett responds to the looming crisis with a new, more accountable, efficient and sustainable model of public schooling. It is time to revitalize rural Nova Scotian communities by reversing the dominant trend toward centralized, bureaucratic school systems. As Bennett argues, schools must be transformed, once again, into vital community hubs. Suspending the divisive school review process will accomplish little, as Bennett demonstrates, unless it leads to building smaller community schools, supporting innovative local enterprises, modelling sustainable living practices and providing community-based education on a more human scale.

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