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There was a lot of conversation about the quality of education a student receives in a rural school. While many felt the rural educational experience is superior to urban schools, others felt the opposite and described a large divide between the experiences of students in rural versus urban districts.
Some talked about the lack of diversity in small rural schools, and felt more cultural experiences and lifestyle teachings could be brought into rural schools to help prepare students for the world outside the rural community. Also mentioned was the need for English as a Second Language funding so that the school system can make room for these children in rural communities.,It was also felt that schools need funding to help refugee students settle in.
There were also mixed feelings about what can be accomplished in a small school. One commenter who has lived rurally his whole life and has experience in a rural school as a student, teacher and administrator said he is witnessing declining enrollment, which is resulting in real challenges in delivering educational programming. In contrast, a commenter in the Thompson Okanagan felt their small numbers have inspired a progressive approach and a reimagining of school, which has resulted in hosting 31 school visits over the past few years on their creative approach to personalized education.