chapter  17
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Rural Education

A rural secondary modern school acquires local prestige more readily when it occupies new buildings. Furthermore, the newly-built schools have attracted well-qualified teachers of the kind who before the 1944 Act would have hesitated to take up rural appointments.1 Country people have noticed this and one farmer school-manager was careful to explain to me after he had sat on a selection committee 'The new chap's got a cap and gown5. In East Sussex, where opposition to reorganisation has been marked, six months only has been necessary for parents to learn to appreciate the value of reorganisation and for all organised or unorganised resistance to disappear.