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Rural schools are taking more than small steps - YES!

• arclein

This is actually wonderful and needs to engage the community.  Imagination can not be left to one or two individuals.

Certainly all rural schools need to follow this path.  Living on a farm always engages a child in some type of effort and practice nicely preparing that child for a full live.

Urban schools have a far harder time doing this as it is harder to fold in useful physical skill development.

Growing up on a farm, I developed rough carpentry skills as a matter of course and applied school taught electrical and mechanical knowledge.  This turned out to be almost impossible to pass on in the city.  This is another reason that ending global poverty must be tied directly to rural land management as well.

Keeping bees, rain barrels and baking bread: rural schools are taking more than small steps - they're taking 'moonshots' to transform school

Carrie Butler

People around the United States, from leaders to parents, agree that education needs a healthy dose of change. But where does innovation come from? You might think of university labs and sophisticated tech hubs located in dynamic global cities.

In southwestern Pennsylvania, education innovation is coming from somewhere else: rural school districts.

(that's a really good thing for the future of U.S. food supply)

Recent education innovations have enabled schools to take small steps toward innovation, like moving students from textbooks to tablets. Educators in California Area School District and Butler Area School District want more than small steps—they're taking "Moonshots" instead, aiming for the kind of changes that transform school for students.

California Area School District (CASD), a small school district in Coal Center, Washington County, Pennsylvania, is piloting a program that gives youth and families a voice in education by developing individualized programs for each and every student. Each student's "path" is different, based on their interests, and highly experiential. This means that school looks different for each CASD student: some are keeping bees, others are baking bread for neighbors, and still others are building rain barrels.