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It’s a David and Goliath story. In a bigger-is-better era of school consolidation, one tiny department at The University of Alabama, The Program for Rural Service and Research, champions the educational and social benefits of small public schools.

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Robin Lambert


“These are good schools. They are good environments that promote academic achievement and personal well-being and community responsibility.”

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Jack Shelton, Director


“We need places like these small rural schools. You can see the caring of the principal and the caring of the teachers and how it applies to kids who don’t have a lot of chance, and you take that school away from them and they have virtually none.”


Their experience and research bolstered by wide ranging studies from highly credible sources suggests that these benefits apply to many of the problems associated with modern education on the national level.

Another School of Thought was produced for The Center for Public Television at The University of Alabama. Narrated by Michael Letcher.