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Forgotten Places

Critical Studies in Rural Education


Edited By William M. Reynolds

Forgotten Places: Critical Studies in Rural Education critically investigates and informs the construction of the rural, rural identity and the understanding of the rural internationally. This book promotes and expands the notion of critical understandings of rural education, particularly in the areas of race, class, gender, and LGBTQ, with conceptualizations of social justice. While there have been many volumes written on critical issues in urban education, only a small number have been produced on rural education, and the majority of those are not critical. By contrast, Forgotten Places not only discusses "schools in the country," but also expands conceptualizations of the rural beyond schools and place as well as beyond the borders of the United States. It also tackles the artificial duality between conceptualizations of urban and rural. Forgotten Places includes scholarly investigations into the connections among the symbolic order, various forms of cultural artifacts and multiple readings of these artifacts within the context of critical/transformational pedagogy. This book fills a significant gap in the scholarly work on the ramifications of the rural.

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Chapter Fourteen: Rural Education in Wisconsin (Daniel R. Paulson)


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Rural Education IN Wisconsin



Northwestern Wisconsin is a beautiful, region rich in natural resources, wildlife, and vast woodlands, prairies and abundant waters. Driving to school I pass through one of a number of a woods and wetlands area which is a state owned public hunting area with no hiking trails or cross country trails here—just woods and wetlands with “logging” roads. I, like so many others, have encountered deer here, one of which bolted onto the road and put its shoulder into the front fender of my car then trotted off into the woods as if to say “stay out of my place.” This keeps local body shops in business.

During Thanksgiving week this road is a parking zone and sounds like a “war zone” when deer hunters quest for the “trophy deer” out at their “shacks” with lots of blaze orange, ammunition and liquor. At school the “hunting teachers,” have their hunters’ preseason breakfast. School boards debate whether to close the school during deer hunting because a large percentage of the students and teachers will be absent, out in their deer shacks for the week. The hunters’ organizations are powerful in Wisconsin forcing the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to maintain a herd of trophy deer for hunters; other recreational, wild life and environmental issues are secondary. Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 338, which protects...

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