Education in Schools
||"It isn't your Father's Oldsmobile anymore"
This was the advertising slogan for Oldsmobile several years ago to get across the idea that Oldsmobile had changed and was now building cars for the modern generation. In 1988, the National Research Council, in their report, "Understanding Agriculture: New Directions for Education," encouraged agricultural educators to revamp the curriculum to make it more scientific. The profession was also encouraged to expand the type of schools in which agricultural education was offered. The profession has moved rapidly in this direction. The old description of agricultural education, Sows, Cows and Plows could be restated today to be Cells, Gels and Dells. And the types of schools in which agriculture is taught may have also changed.
In this lesson we will learn more about agricultural education today and the types of schools in which you might expect to find agricultural education.
Upon completion of this unit the learner should be able to:
How much do you know about agricultural education? Take the agricultural education pretest to find out.
The encyclopedia is a good place to start learning about agricultural education. Read Gary Moore's article from the Encylopedia of Agricutural Sciences (Academic Press, 1994) titled "Education: Children and Youth."
Dr. Larry D. Case, Coordinator, Agricultural and Rural Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. describes agricultural education in The Agricultural Education Magazine article (Nov/Dec, 1998, Vol. 71 No. 3) titled What are the Purposes of Agricultural Education?
TECHniques is the official journal of the Association for Career and Technical Education. Read Tibbett Spear's article "Agricultural Education: A Bumper Crop of Students" in the March 1998 issue.
Some folks think agricultural education is a thing of the past and we don't need it anymore. Dr. Rosco Vaughn, Executive Director of the National Council for Agricultural Education explores this issue in the article Do We Still Need Agricultural Education? from The Agricultural Education Magazine (Jan/Feb 1999, Vol. 71 (4), pp. 4-5).
Let's go visit some schools where agriculture is taught. In class today we are going to take a Cyber Field Trip. Note: On a number of these web sites you will need to look for a link to the curriculum, program, academics, etc. in order to find the agriculture program..
Agriculture teachers should strive to know what is going on in school. Read the following chapter from Teachers, Schools and Society (Sadker & Sadker)
This is not a required reading but "Understanding Agriculture: New Directions for Education" is completly on-line at http://books.nap.edu/books/0309039363/html/index.html. This is a report of the National Academy of Science regarding where agricultural education should be heading in the late 1980s. You might want to see what was recommended and see if this matches your view of agricultural education today. You can also use this site and the one below as references for other AEE classes you might take.
|| Who says schools
can't be funny? http://www.c4vct.com/kym/humor/schcoll.htm
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Schools and Society go to the following
site and see how much you
|| In this lesson, we have visited several types of schools
offer agriculture. Send an e-mail to the rest of the class and tell
if you had a choice, which of the schools visited you would like to
teach in and why.