Urban vs. Rural Education

1412 Words Oct 18th, 1999 6 Pages
After reading Hallway Hangers, a sense of the complex relationship between poverty and education is gained: it a dualistic one. In some views, education is a means out of poverty, yet those who grow up poor often have different opportunities, hopes, and experiences in their school years. During my time thus far at Colgate, I have participated and watched many sporting events on campus, and found that local families attend and cheer with as much enthusiasm as the students. Similarly, on National Athletes appreciation Day last year the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) ran a program at both the elementary and high schools in Hamilton, providing question and answer periods for the students and giving them skills clinics. The …show more content…
Using J-STOR, I uncovered an article called "Achievement Orientation and Career Patterns of Rural Youth", from Sociology of Education. In it, Glen H. Elder provides a comparison of the academic progress of rural and urban youth at a large state university; the findings substantiated the point of my paper in that the rural youth were less adequately prepared for college. The article further reveals that the number of career opportunities in agriculture is decreasing, and the skill level necessary to be a successful farmer are increasing; yet the educational opportunities for the rural poor are significantly less than even the urban poor (Elder, 1963). The article reviewed relevant studies comparing educational achievement and occupational mobility of the two groups.

I found an article from the Boston Globe headlined "Untapped No Longer", in which Diane E. Lewis stated that due to the low unemployment rates, employers are "turning to a long overlooked and largely untapped labor source: the urban and rural poor" (Lewis: 1999, 1). That the article discussed both groups together, and their recent increase of employment seems to contrast with the evidence that rural and urban youth do not nave to the same opportunities. This article focused more specifically on a given region (Boston) and the employment trends there; it would be an interesting
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