Using case studies and an auto-ethnographic study of rural education history in New York State, Casey Thomas Jakubowski provides an introduction to recent events in state-level educational policy implementation. Rural Education History: State Policy Meets Local Implementation argues that rural communities are subjected to urbanormative policy, especially in their schools, and provides voice to an understudied phenomena in an under researched region. The chapters combine sociology, policy, and rich case studies to demonstrate the realities, and nearby history, in rural America.
Casey Thomas Jakubowski currently teaches the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Doctorate in Education program. His research focuses on rural education and rural history, sociology, citizenship, and civics education.
Chapter 1: Problem Definition in Rural New York
Chapter 2: The Hidden Narrative
Chapter 3: Lakeside Conflict
Chapter 4: Leadership’s Dissonance on School Reform
Chapter 5: State of the State for Rural New York
Chapter 6: The Decayed Community
Chapter 7: Is New York Unique?
Conclusion: What Should We Do from Here?
About the Author
"In his study of upstate New York, Casey Thomas Jakubowski reminds readers of the contentious history and politics of rural school consolidation, as well as the feeling of loss that follows school closures. Attending closely to the voices of small-town residents, he brings a rigorous but humane perspective to issues of rural education that too often remain overlooked. A thoughtful investigation into the role of community and place in sustaining public education."
"Some two centuries ago, white common schools emerged in the rural American northeast as a precursor to our modern public system. Today, rural schools and the communities they serve are often a policy afterthought, even as 'rural America' enjoys an outsized share of political power. In this creative and thoughtful book, Jakubowski challenges readers to look afresh at the complicated relationship among rural school districts and between them and state government."
"Rural Education History: State Policy Meets Local Implementation is a must read for anybody who is involved in education, and especially rural education, including those who make important decisions about rural schools. Grounded in relevant research, with the use of ethnography and Jakubowski’s own research in the educational policy implementation in rural areas, Jakubowski uncovers hidden narratives about rural education and meticulously recounts the nature of rural communities in order to offer lessons to learn for those who are involved in decisions pertaining to rural schools."