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We have to value those who stay

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Those interested in the survival of small towns often cite one solution: We need to get our young people to stay. 

However, according to the authors of the book "Hollowing Out the Middle," which examines an actual small town in the Midwest, small-town schools prepare and encourage their best students to leave.

In fact, there is great pressure on high-achieving rural students to get out of town and make something of themselves. 

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