I chose ‘Enhancing the Rural Option: An International Perspective’ by Dr Jonathan Sher of the OECD and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill because the themes and tensions he refers to are still present today. He refers to rural schools and rural communities being tenacious, diverse and possible. He explains how surviving is not enough but that we must also strive to improve rural schools. We have to remember that the meaning of the term ‘rural’ varies enormously from country to country. Sher describes the role that technology and blended learning can play in rural education. He extols the virtues of routing education in the local setting, in experiential learning and fostering community involvement, all themes we can recognise around us today. Sher has a rallying cry: that the survival of rural schools is not enough; they must also have active and appropriate support.