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Why rural schools matter

Author: Mara Casey Tieken
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From headlines to documentaries, urban schools are at the center of current debates about education. From these accounts, one would never know that 51 million Americans live in rural communities and depend on their public schools to meet not only educational but also social and economic needs. For many communities, these schools are the ties that bind. Why Rural Schools Matter shares the untold story of rural  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Études de cas
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mara Casey Tieken
ISBN: 9781469618487 1469618486
OCLC Number: 876000101
Description: vii, 236 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The meaning of a school --
Rural histories --
Researching rural --
Where the heart is: school, relationships, and the delight community --
The ties that bind: schools, stories, and the black community of Earle --
The topography of race --
The substance of community --
Our only hope --
The possibility of public education.
Responsibility: Mara Casey Tieken.

Abstract:

From headlines to documentaries, urban schools are at the center of current debates about education. From these accounts, one would never know that 51 million Americans live in rural communities and depend on their public schools to meet not only educational but also social and economic needs. For many communities, these schools are the ties that bind. Why Rural Schools Matter shares the untold story of rural education. Drawing upon extensive research in two southern towns, Mara Tieken exposes the complicated ways in which schools shape the racial dynamics of their towns and sustain the communities that surround them. The growing power of the state, however, brings the threat of rural school closure, which jeopardizes the education of children and the future of communities. With a nuanced understanding of the complicated relationship between communities and schools, Tieken warns us that current education policies--which narrow schools' purpose to academic achievement alone--endanger rural America and undermine the potential of a school, whether rural or urban, to sustain a community. Vividly demonstrating the effects of constricted definitions of public education in an era of economic turmoil and widening inequality, Tieken calls for a more contextual approach to education policymaking, involving both state and community.--Amazon.com.

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