Number of Rural Students Planning on Going to College Plummets
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
Principal Josh Tripp is grateful for the late-arriving students at Bucksport High School. In a year when school is half online, sports and clubs have been curtailed, and the world can seem as cold and gray as a winter morning in this sparsely populated coastal town, showing up is a big deal.
In rural communities like this one, the uncertainty of the pandemic year is translating into more than teenage angst. It’s driving a dramatic drop in the proportion of students going on to college, threatening the already precarious economies of rural areas and widening their socioeconomic drift from urban and suburban America.