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Why rural schools matter

Author: Mara Casey Tieken; Sally Fry Scruggs
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : The University of North Carolina Press, 2014. ©2014
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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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Tieken, Mara Casey.
Why rural schools matter.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : The University of North Carolina Press, ©2014
vii, 236 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mara Casey Tieken; Sally Fry Scruggs
ISBN: 9781469618500 1469618508 9781469618494 1469618494 1469618486 9781469618487
OCLC Number: 893679795
Description: 1 online resource (247 pages)
Contents: Cover Page; Why Rural Schools Matter; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgments; Chapter One: The Meaning of a School; Chapter Two: Rural Histories; Chapter Three: Researching Rural; Chapter Four: Where the Heart Is; Chapter Five: The Ties That Bind; Chapter Six: The Topography of Race; Chapter Seven: The Substance of Community; Chapter Eight: Our Only Hope; Chapter Nine: The Possibility of Public Education; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Mara Casey Tieken ; cover illustration by Sally Fry Scruggs.

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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 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.

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