I began my teaching career in the Appalachian mountains of rural Kentucky, and I’ve been dismayed by how rarely anyone talks about social class in rural schools. It seems that rural schools are simply off of the radar of many educational researchers, journalists, and policy makers who can (and do) access any number of schools without, perhaps, ever getting into their cars.
I was thus gratified to see this post from Renee Moore on the deep and pervasive poverty in many rural schools. Hundreds of thousands of kids live in economically devastated rural communities. Teachers like Ms. Moore serve their students well by tenaciously reminding us of that.