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Most of the challenges presented were from teachers who had worked in rural schools. Some talked about the recruiting and turnover challenges and many talked about teachers putting in their time to eventually move to a larger community.
Both parents and teachers talked about the challenges of the parent/teacher relationship in a small community where everyone knows each other. Similarly, another parent felt that teachers in rural schools can be very entrenched.
A teacher talked about technology challenges and Internet connectivity in rural schools. A teacher on a small island suggested that a conversation about technology, Internet access and online learning should be included as part of the rural education discussion.
Multi-grade teaching was also pointed to as a challenge, requiring creative and innovative thinking. There was a suggestion that some rural schools be used as test sites to explore new ideas and approaches around rural education.