Welcome to the new Mayday Group website!

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Thanks to all who worked on the new Mayday Group website. It looks great! Now, I can resume writing about rural music education: I was watching a Henry Giroux video recently where he spoke with Bill Moyers (http://billmoyers.com/segment/henry-giroux-on-zombie-politics/) about his new book,  Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism. There is much that I agree […]

Rural Community

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One of the greatest advantages/positives/joys about teaching in small rural communities is the sense of community. Of course, one could argue that community can be found anywhere, not just in rural places. And, that is true. However . . . if we follow one of the founders of sociology, Ferdinand Tönnies’ definition of community, rural places […]

So Long Joe Bageant

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I was saddened to learn last week that Joe Bageant, author of Deer Hunting with Jesus, Rainbow Pie, and a whole bunch of critical essays, had passed away. His straight-forward critiques of unsustainable modernity (from a rural perspective) are priceless. His essays can be accessed in pdf form at:http://www.joebageant.com/joe/2011/04/joe-bageant-poet-redneck-revolutionary-rip.html. Of course, I say that his was a rural, working […]

Rural Music Education Bibliography

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For anyone interested in rural music education research here’s a brief bibliography that could serve as a starting point for background readings. Cappaert, seek Thomas (2004). Member 2 Member: Outreach—Introducing Strings to a Rural Town in Latin America. American String Teacher 54:2, 53-54. Cooper, Shelly (2005). Marguerite V. Hood and Music Education Radio Broadcasts in Rural Montana […]

Rural Outmigration

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Yes, I like maps. Here’s a map of rural outmigration by county in the United States. A couple of reasons for outmigration are excellent schools (many economic opportunities for well-educated students are in metropolitan areas) and not-as-desirable landscapes. Scenic rural areas tend to attract new people. Also, medical rural counties with reliable broadband access tend to […]