A friend from rural Wisconsin was lamenting the disregard some of his neighbors have for public education.
My friend leans Republican. He recognizes the central role schools play in his community. “Without the school, the town would dry up,” he said.
He’s right about that. We heard it time and again during the Future of Farming and Rural Life in Wisconsin study a few years ago. Conducted by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, the study looked at many aspects of rural life in Wisconsin. I was involved as a writer, supporting the efforts of Wilda Nilsestuen, Tom Lyon and Stan Gruszynski, who ran the project.