The Value of Everything; The Price of ….

20140309-134023.jpg“…In small towns that still have a school, community members recognize it as the hub of local activities and a major resource to the town (Nachtigal, 1994). However, people often overlook the reverse–the important role the community plays in education. An example of this lack of recognition was evident in testimony given during a recent school consolidation hearing. One observer commented that no one mentioned the potential loss of family involvement in school affairs. Several writers have addressed the role of a healthy local culture in the nurturing of healthy people.

First, consider what is meant by a healthy community. Wendell Berry (1993) offered this definition:

“Such a community is (among other things) a set of arrangements between men and women. These arrangements include marriage, family structure, divisions of work and authority, and responsibility for the instruction of children and young people (119, 120).”

Read the article, in its entirety, here:  School and Community

3 responses to “The Value of Everything; The Price of ….

  1. There would be less parent involvement if our schools were located out of our community. We would not be able to travel a greater distance for every activity, sporting event, etc. Our interaction and involvement would be diminished. Parent involvement creates successful students. Another reason to keep our schools in our communities!


    • …a value that is consistently ignored by policymakers pursuing consolidation — along with transportation costs, strangely enough.

      With all of the technology available, bussing seems downright archaic.

      You have to remember that decisions to consolidate are not about kids; they are about money. People see all the money they would get, if YOUR children were bussed to THEIR school. Money to educate YOUR child? Not on your life! Money for THEIR infrastructure, THEIR community and THEIR tax relief.

      “You will not get your schools back in town without a fight. There’s too much money at stake. And it’s fun to spend other people’s money.”

      ~Robert Karl Skoglund, “The Humble Farmer”

      Let’s fight to keep schools in communities.


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