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Should Rural Schools' Calendars Mimic Farmers' Schedules?

One farmer and author is wondering whether the calendar of rural schools should once again more closely align with that of farmers.

David Mas Masumoto, of Del Rey, Calif., wrote a column appearing in a few California newspapers, including The Fresno Bee, about whether the place surrounding rural schools should affect them. He argues those should, particularly in rural areas.

"I advocate for a sense of place to be part of the new standards of education, especially in rural areas where schools play a fundamental role in framing lives; we lose something when schools are disconnected from where families live and work," he writes. "I do not advocate for children returning to the fields, but I do hope rural rhythms are part of a school calendar. A Valley farm community should feel and function differently than a big city school district."

He makes good points that raise interesting questions. What would rural educators would say, and what would that mean for the timing of state-mandated testing?

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