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ERIC Number: ED542844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1908
Pages: 49
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
On the Training of Persons to Teach Agriculture in the Public Schools. Bulletin, 1908, No. 1. Whole Number 380
Bailey, Liberty Hyde
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior
The most significant contemporaneous movement in education is the effort to adapt the work of schools directly to the lives of the pupils. It is the expression of the effort to make the school training applicable. The normal activities of the child are to be directed and trained in such a way that real education will result therefrom. Education will grow out of the child's experience; rather than be imposed on him. If this is to be the motive of popular education, then agricultural and industrial subjects will be made more and more a means of school work. It is therefore a question of the first importance how to organize these subjects into an educational harmony. The agricultural subjects are specially difficult of organization, because they, are so many and so diverse and so unlike in different regions. The character and success of the teaching of these subjects lie immediately with the teacher; there have been no institutions consciously to train teachers for such work; therefore it is not strange that many educators should consider the training of persons to teach agricultural subjects to be one of the most important educational questions. With the recent liberal endowments provided by the two Morrill Acts and the Nelson amendment, along with State government appropriations, the "land-grant colleges" have been able to give a greater impetus to agricultural education and have helped to form the rising demand for a wide extension of such education in high schools, normal schools, and schools of elementary grade. Fearing that the demand for the teaching of agricultural subjects may outrun the supply of properly qualified teachers, the Nelson amendment provided that "said colleges may use a portion of this money for providing courses for the special preparation of instructors for teaching the elements of agriculture and the mechanic arts." This bulletin is presented in three parts, as follows: (1) Part I: The nature of the problem; (2) Part II: The means of training the teachers; and (3) Part III: The general outlook--The significance of normal work in the colleges of agriculture. An index is also included. (Contains 2 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Education (ED)