Monday, April 28, 2008

Small Towns and Schools Can Offer Quite A Lot…

I have read many studies concerning small town education, and it seems to me that many benefits exist for teachers who want to live and work in small towns.

For many (like Pam Gunner and Mark Braun), it gives them an opportunity to make a difference not only in the student, but in the community. According to this article from the Rapid City Journal, teacher Pam Gunner likes small the small town atmosphere because the parents and students are very involved, and teacher Mark Braun is able to give back to his rural home community of Gregory. These are just a few of the differences between larger (urban) schools and small (rural) schools.

Some studies indicate greater teacher satisfaction (on the average) in small schools when compared to larger, more urban, schools. A special relationship can also develop between the educator and student as they grow and develop into adulthood. This relationship also extends to the parents of the students, and acts as a catalyst to student success. The students are not numbers…they are people with high hopes and aspirations. They are the future. This unique relationship helps the young scholars in achieving their dreams.

Teachers who work everyday with the youth of South Dakota should be praised for their efforts. South Dakota turns out great students, but is currently under scrutiny for underfunding education. This is a direct testament to the great teachers we have in South Dakota. Small towns are certainly no exception…the offer unique and valuable experiences for teachers and students alike. My hat is off to teachers like Pam Gunner and Mark Braun…

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