Rural Students Outperform City Kids in Math and Science
A new study finds that rural students are doing better in math and science than their urban peers. The Education Department report says rural kids outperformed students in city schools on all grade levels in both subjects and rural 4th and 8th graders read better than their counterparts in urban schools.
The report also says that teachers in rural areas are more likely to report that they're satisfied with teaching conditions in their schools. Still, their salaries are lower than teachers in other areas.
One rural education advocate says kids in rural areas may be doing better in science because their community is "closer to nature." He also says teachers may report good conditions because schools tend to be smaller and have lower student-teacher ratios.