8 April 2013
Urban Appalachians: Educational Struggles in Cincinnati
Education has been prevalent in the United States for decades, and most Americans consider it a very significant process in order to achieve a desirable life. Appalachian citizens in the U.S. are considered to be dumb, stupid, and ignorant. Many people have developed these stereotypes based on the low level of education many Appalachians achieve. There are many problems that have caused Appalachians to fall behind the learning curve. These reasons vary from family to family but nevertheless, have led to a significant fall in education for Appalachians. More specifically, I will be focusing on the urban Appalachians in the southern Ohio and Cincinnati area.
Appalachians in the Cincinnati area have a clear problem as far as education goes. They are behind any other group of people in the area. Appalachians also have the highest dropout rate in Cincinnati proportionate to their numbers. By having a limited supply of resources urban Appalachians are challenged more to keep up with the local curriculum and stay on track with the rest of their class or grade. This limited supply of resources has become a trend for urban Appalachians and reflects directly upon their educational levels. In areas like the greater Cincinnati area and similar urban areas, Appalachians face many struggles and hardships that make it difficult to succeed.
There are many problems or causes that have created this pattern in urban Appalachian citizens in the greater Cincinnati. One problem which is the probably the most common among Appalachians is their culture. Thomas Wagner explains the culture of Appalachians by stating, “The migrant mountaineer comes from a rural way of life which emphasizes individualism, traditionalism, self-reliance, and strong loyalty to an extended family peer group. In the urban environment, the migrant finds himself in a culture that is time-oriented,...