ERIC Number: ED328374
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1947
Reference Count: N/A
Farm Leaders and Teachers Plan Together. What Agricultural Leaders Want the Schools To Teach. Reports of Eight Regional Conferences of Agricultural and Educational Leaders.
National Education Association, Washington, DC. Dept. of Rural Education.
This booklet is a collection of recommendations from participants in eight regional conferences held in 1946 by the American Institute of Cooperation and the National Education Association. The conferences consisted of small groups of agricultural leaders and educators from every section of the United States, who discussed common problems of rural education. The attending educators remained in the background of the discussion, giving themselves an opportunity to hear what agricultural leaders wanted the schools to do. The conference summaries reflect some of the thinking that grew out of the discussions. Farm leaders often called for greater educational emphasis in the following areas: natural resource conservation, basic skills, community issues, family and community life, vocational education, guidance, and teacher training. Farmers also voiced the desire for stronger school-community ties. Also included in the booklet is a brief report of a questionnaire survey showing the opinions of U.S. farm leaders about rural education. Among other things, farm leaders were asked to rate the value of high school subjects to rural youth and to suggest what subjects rural schools should improve. Forty-six percent of the agricultural leaders believed that schools in small towns tended to overemphasize preparation for urban life. Seventy percent were in favor of paying teachers to give educational and recreational leadership during the summer months. (TES)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Conservation Education, Educational Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Farmers, Formative Evaluation, National Surveys, Regional Attitudes, Relevance (Education), Rural Education, Rural Urban Differences, School Attitudes, School Community Relationship, School Role
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC. Dept. of Rural Education.