Reading Robert Putnam's "Our Kids"
Farm kids seem naturally to have a childhood closer to that enjoyed by those with highly educated parents these days than kids with parents in standard-issue suburbia. There's differences, of course. The cultural/intellectual environment isn't as rich and you can't assume a lot of emphasis on words. I suspect there's less diversity among the kids in a rural school these days than there was in my time, but still more than in most suburban settings.