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Excerpt from Elementary Principles of Agriculture: A Text Book for the Common Schools
The little volume herewith submitted for the use of the school children of the Southwest is the outcome of many years' study of the problems of rural school agriculture. Agriculture, as a school subject, is new, and no guiding standards have yet been generally recog nized which limit the method or scope of such a text. A careful review of the many texts that have been published during the last ten years shows a wide range of opinion as to the function of such texts. Some are mere, handbooks, dealing with the practical work of agriculture; others are only a' series of short chapters on botany, chemistry, physics, zoology, meteorology, etc., without reference to applications.
Our own ideas are that the primary object of a text on agriculture, intended for the common schools, is to satisfy the natural interest of all children about the whys of common farm conditions. This is the first step in developing an intelligent theory which will guide practice.
While the idea of teaching agriculture is very old, it is only in recent years that it has come to be a large factor in the system of general education. A word of introduction, therefore, may not be out of place.
A number of agricultural colleges and special schools for agricultural instruction were established between 1840 and 1860. Some were privately endowed, others supported out of public revenues. In 1862, a bill, known as the Morrill Bill, passed the National Congress.
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bound: 328 pages
publisher: Forgotten Books (May 2, 2017)
isbn: 1330424034, 978-1330424032,
weight: 15.5 ounces (