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Education in Rural America: A Reassessment of Conventional Wisdom


reviewed by David B. Tyack 1979

coverTitle: Education in Rural America: A Reassessment of Conventional Wisdom
Author(s): Jonathan P. Sher
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Today one hears much about attempts to change schooling that have failed. There is one reform in public education in the past fifty years, however, that has been implemented beyond even the hopes of its early advocates: the consolidation of rural school districts and one-teacher schools. In 1930 there were 128,000 school districts in the United States; by 1972 the number had dwindled to 16,960. More than 99 percent of one-teacher schools have been eliminated during the same period. Most educators and policymakers have regarded this transformation as a triumph of equity and professional efficiency. A few scholars have raised doubts along the way. In their fascinating study Big School, Small School (1964), Paul Gump and Roger Barker pointed out that students in small high schools participated in a wider variety of activities and had a greater sense of personal responsibility and generally a higher self-concept than students in larger... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 81 Number 1, 1979, p. 116-120
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1059, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 2:33:22 AM

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