Excerpt from Agricultural Laboratory Exercises and Home Projects Adapted to Secondary Schools
Use of exercises and projects. The number of exercises to be completed in a year will depend upon the needs of the local community and the 'time given to the course. The vocational school giving one half of each day to the course in agriculture should be able to complete all the laboratory exercises and in addition provide the required six months' supervised project work. In schools giving less time the teacher should select those exercises of greatest importance to the local community.
Method. It is a great waste of time and effort to require each student to do all of the work of each exercise. In many cases the work of manipulation of apparatus and material can best be done by the teacher or by a group of students. In the table of contents this is indicated by a letter in parenthesis: (t) meaning that the work of manipulation may be done by the teacher, (g) by a group of students, (i) by the individual student.
Cooperation with the best farmers. The closest. Cooperation between the teacher of agriculture and the best farmers of the neighborhood is necessary to insure the teaching of sound agriculture and also as a means of facilitating the adoption of the teachings of the classroom and laboratory into the farm practices of the community. Sound teaching and close cooperation will be much helped if the teacher will choose an advisory committee consisting of the most progressive farmers of the neighbor hood and will use this committee in working out a plan of correlating the school work with the local farm work. These and other leading farmers should be invited to talk to the class on the methods of farming which they have found most feasible and practicable.
Every member of the class in agriculture should be set to work on some problem on the home farm. Use should be made of the best dairy and beef cattle, the best horses, hogs, sheep, and poultry, in the community in the stock-judging work.
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