Why does Papa want to move to town in the book "Where the Red Fern Grows"?

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Papa and Mama want to move to town because they feel it is a better place to raise a family.  They especially want their children to be able to get a formal education, something that is not available out in the backwoods areas of Oklahoma during the years of the Great Depression.  Papa explains his and Mama's plans to Billy after Billy travels twenty miles to town on his own to fetch the pups he has ordered.  Billy has had some bad experiences with the people in town, and has just expressed the desire never to have to live there.  Papa says,

"Some day you may have to live in town.  Your mother and I don't intend to live in these hills all our lives.  It's no place to raise a family.  A man's children should have an education.  They should get out and see the world and meet people...there's more to an education than just reading and writing...much more" (Chapter 6).

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Where the Red Fern Grows

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