Rural Population Trends

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Rural populations are NOT declining in North America “across the board”. For example,  they are declining somewhat in many rural areas that aren’t close to cities, but they are growing in many rural areas within a reasonable commuting distance to metropolitan areas. Rural population growth/decline is a complex issue. The following map details this trend in the United […]

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

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The term culturally relevant pedagogy seems to be gaining a lot of traction these days in education scholarship and practice. Tyrone Howard (2003) writes: Culturally relevant pedagogy has been described by a number of researchers as an effective means of meeting the academic and social needs of culturally diverse students (Gay, store 2000; Howard, 2001; Ladson-Billings, 1994; […]

Considering Ethics…

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It seems that we ought to consider ethical issues in all areas and educational enterprises.  The issue of ethics is also significant in urban education, particularly in the newly found interest and investment in charter schools.  This continues to play a serious role in the mid-way liberalization of schooling, with possibilities in terms of administration and issues, […]