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Rural Voices: Place-Conscious Education and the Teaching of Writing


reviewed by Michelle Page — 2004

coverTitle: Rural Voices: Place-Conscious Education and the Teaching of Writing
Author(s): Robert E. Brooke (editor)
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807743658, Pages: 203, Year: 2003
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“This place is boring…Nothing ever happens here…. I can’t wait to get out of this town…”  Living in a rural area, I often hear comments like these from K-12 and university students.  Some students are eager to leave their hometown and “start their lives.”  Editor Robert Brooke and the authors of Rural Voices argue that schools spend much time preparing students to leave rural areas but little time preparing them to appreciate and critique their communities.  The authors argue that educational institutions are sending the wrong message to rural students.  Rather than abandoning their communities, students should be prepared and empowered academically and socially to be informed and critical citizens of their communities, and knowledgeable about the history and richness of their locales. While the authors of the chapters in this book are rural educators focusing on rural students, in some ways the title of this book may be misleading.  In this text are key ideas that can be applied to classrooms and teachers of diverse geographical settings. ... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 973-976
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11178, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 6:04:44 AM

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  • Michelle Page
    University of Minnesota, Morris
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    MICHELLE L. PAGE is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Secondary Education at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Her research interests include multicultural education, literacy, rural education, and teacher preparation. She has published pieces on race and the supervisory relationship, identity and responses to multicultural literature, and teacher education in the Journal of Curriculum and Supervision, Transformations, and Teacher Education Quarterly (forthcoming).
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