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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 Twenty: Teaching in the Country: A Critical Analysis of the Experiences of Rural Teachers in the United States and Jamaica (Eleanor J. Blair)


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Teaching IN THE Country

A Critical Analysis of the Experiences of Rural Teachers in the United States and Jamaica


Teaching in a rural community brings about challenges in many ways. Many of my students live in poverty. Their parents are not involved in participating in school events or having visitors in their homes. Most of my students have never left the county. The biggest thing that ever happens for them is a trip to Wal-Mart. Therefore, in implementing technology in my classroom, I am able to take them on global “trips” to see and learn more about life outside of our rural area. It’s truly rewarding!


Being a teacher in (rural) Jamaica is an awesome task. The classroom sizes are large, integration of students with special education issues without assistance from government agencies is the norm. Parents and students are disrespectful. However, some parents and students place trust in teachers and work with you to help students achieve required skills.


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