Agriculture and the Classroom

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson August 21, 2018 11:05 Updated

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If you haven’t done so already, many of you will soon be sending your children back to school.  Growing up, field trips used to be a common method of enhancing a student’s learning experience, but with today’s financial constraints and liability concerns, I suspect these excursions are practically unheard of.  In many of our classrooms, very few children learn about farming, and because there are so many misconceptions city kids have about their surroundings, many states are bringing the farm to the classroom through virtual tours.  The website: www.agclassroom.org is a great resource for such tours.

 

Taking this to a more extensive level, three women are currently working towards weaving agriculture into our education systems.  Monica Pastor, Debra Spielmaker, and Valerie Bayes are trying to inspire the upcoming generation to be problem solvers and trailblazers with the potential to impact our global food system.  They’ve asked the question:  Why are STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects and agriculture so separated in current learning settings?  These women see modern agriculture as an exciting window to a more well-founded future.

 

They first want to help society develop a certain level of literacy as it pertains to agriculture, which allows consumers to make science-based decisions; and their next goal is to teach agriculture as a science, which would help get students connected to what they’re learning.  By mixing agriculture into STEM education, students can let their desire to do good in the world lead them towards modern agriculture.

 

Agriculture has always been a channel for technology and innovation, and our next generation will be expected to meet the challenges of an increasing population and changing climate.   This world will need professionals that can tackle situations with sharp critical thinking skills, and Monica, Debra and Valerie believe learning about agriculture is an outstanding gateway to developing those abilities.

 

What starts with a virtual tour could well end with an agricultural career choice for many of our young people, depending on how educators incorporate agriculture into our classrooms.

 

-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

 

References:

https://www.agriculture.com/farm-management/agriculture-comes-to-the-classroom-with-virtual-farm-tours?utm_source=ag-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=todaysnews_081318&did=272307

https://www.agclassroom.org/index.cfm

https://monsanto.com/company/outreach/stem-education/articles/importance-agriculture-education-classroom/

 

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson August 21, 2018 11:05 Updated
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