Best Kept Secrets Should Stay Secrets

1 01 2017


P-D profiles the Strain-Japan School District in southwestern Franklin County, which contains only one school, an elementary school, and ponders why it’s doing so well:

All of the students are white. It’s been three years since Strain-Japan had a Hispanic student, and the district has not had a black student for at least seven years, said Anita Studdard, district superintendent and principal.

The community around Strain-Japan is a small and proud one, where it’s embarrassing to be seen accepting charity, and neighbor relationships are important. Many live here because that’s where their families have lived for decades, or because they find city and suburban life unattractive, congested and too much in a hurry.

Not only is it racially homogeneous, and by that, I mean white, (after all, racially homogeneous could mean all black, in which case, you wind up with ESL), it’s most likely also ethnically homogeneous.  Because Franklin County is a river county, and the areas northwest of Sullivan are not Ozarks hilly or mountainous and therefore agriculturally serviceable, even if they weren’t table-top flat or had the best soil around, it was a magnet and a honey pot for German immigration way back when.

All in all, it’s just a matter of the advantages drowning the disadvantages.

They should also do their best to keep their best kept secret a secret, because someone will get the idea to build some affordable housing AFFH apartments in the area.




2 responses

1 01 2017

This is so blatant I cant believe the Post even printed it.

1 01 2017

That is a truly impressive amount of jumping through hoops to avoid the obvious.

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