This dilemma generates a rural school issue and a consequential community challenge. This paper will focus on the viable financial grounds for America’s rural brain drain as is exposed in the book “Hollowing out the Middle”. By so doing it will discuss the argument that going to college causes financial weight being put on people to a level that hometown monetary cannot provide good employment to make them go back. It will also discuss the benefit of routing a career via the military to gain complimentary vocational training and an experience in life and how the family traditions play a role.
Maria J. Kefalas and Patrick J. Carr in their book “Hollowing out the Middle” maintain that many young adults who are gifted are departing small towns in the countryside while variations in production and farming have absconded the economic environment bleaker for the people who do not (Chomek par. 11). According to about 200 interviews in Northeast Iowa that were carried out with over 30 people from a town of 2,000 with a farm and factory, Kefalas and Carr consider that exporting young adults is resulting in the population being “hollowed out” and coming to an end.
The results of the interview proved that 40 percent of the people who were interviewed were classified as “stayers”. These are mostly the working-class children who strived economically; another 20 percent were “achievers” who were bound by the colleges. Another 10 percent of the interviewers were grouped as seekers who enrolled in the military, and the remaining were grouped as “returners” who came home in the end (Waters et al. 34). Among the returners is a small group who are classified as the professionals sometimes referred to as high fliers.
Kefalas and Carr insist that the small town contribute to their downfall by forcing the best and clever young adults to depart, and by ...Show more