Rural Education Today
by Francis S. Chase & John E. Baker — 1952
The purpose of this chapter is to present an objective overview of the educational facilities, programs, and opportunities existing today in rural areas of the United States. There are many obstacles to the realization of this purpose. In the first place, data on many aspects of education in rural areas are not available; and many that are now available do not represent current conditions. In the second place, the diversity of provisions for education in rural areas is so great as to defy easy classification or description. Moreover, the point of view adopted will largely determine the kind of picture of rural education that emerges from the best statistical data and descriptive material that can be assembled. Thus, the provisions for rural education may appear to be relatively good, inadequate, or meager, depending upon whether the comparison is made with the past, with the educational needs of people in rural areas, or with optimal educational facilities.
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