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  •  This is an excellent diary. (10+ / 0-)

    I'm not a teacher or educator, but I've known this since I tutored students in the inner city in the late 80s.  It is so damn obvious so the reason people cannot see it is because they do not want to.

    So long as the inner cities decay and are left behind, so too will be the educational achievements of their children.

    I think it is moving beyond African Americans and hispanics.  Poor rural whites with epidemics of meth are going down the same road.

    This is the cost of Reaganism, of Bushism, of class stratification.

    For a brief time in the 60s, this nation sought to lift up poor folks.  Since then, it's been a war on the poor.  And as time goes on, the poverty grows.  

    This is downward spiral that approaches Dickensian features.

    The Chickens That Come Home to Roost are all around us.   As a nation we cannnot let large numbers of peopel fall so far behind.

    CitizenX: "If the republicans were in charge GM & Chrysler would be dead and Osama bin Laden would be alive."

    by TomP on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 08:50:33 AM PDT

    •  This does get back to an interesting (4+ / 0-)

      and frustrating discussion poorly framed as "ruralphobia" this past week.  I think as the majority of Americans do live in urban and suburban environments, as do the majority of the news media, that rural issues get underplayed.  And there are mixed ethnic communities in rural areas as well.  But schools in rural communities sometimes have better community involvement than in cities, as a school and a town's children can provide community identity, and often the school grounds may be the only large space for community gatherings (in Iowa's caucuses, for example, a lot meet in school buildings).  

      •  Like some urban/suburban folks, (3+ / 0-)
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        I have a Woody Allenesque fear of rural Missouri.  It's beautiful country, but I always wonder about the people out there.  :-)  Your point is good that there is more community involvement.  My partner is from a small town in southern Illinois originally and the high school there is the center of life.    

        I've often wondered if there are the same opportunities, foreign language, good science classes, math, etc., in rural areas.

        But I have read about rural communites and meth and the cultural breakdown (one parent families, etc.).  It seems to me, at least for missouri, that the rural areas have ben depopulating for the last 30 or more years.  Northenr Missouri depopulated greatly in the 80s.

        I think as farming became agribusiness and very mechanized, there are fewer jobs.  The same with factiories mvoing overseas.  I think Steelville and other little towns had show factories that are long gone.

        While ex-urban areas have expanded (St. Charles, Lincoln County, Franklin County, Jefferson County near St. Louis, I think the rear rural areas are dying.  What that means for shcools cannot be good long term.  

        CitizenX: "If the republicans were in charge GM & Chrysler would be dead and Osama bin Laden would be alive."

        by TomP on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 10:24:47 AM PDT

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      •  it CAN be (5+ / 0-)

        I have spent most of my life in rural America, and one thing I loathe is when people stereotype these areas as salt-of-the-earth type places.  They have virtually all of the same issues as urban areas, and they probably have more in common with urban than suburban due to poverty issues.  I also cringe when conservatives use the meme of local control as though that would fix everything.  If my previous local school board had total control, the curriculum would be Bible-based, sports would be first, last, and middle in terms of funding, and the students would be discouraged from ever engaging in critical thinking. Thinking=differences=bad.

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