Wisconsin State Agricultural Society / Transactions of the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, including the proceedings of the state agricultural convention held in February, 1885, together with other practical papers
Vol. XXIII (1885)
Sloan, I. C.
Agricultural education, pp. 273-280
AGRICULTURAL, EDUCAT , ION. 2.75 but none where agriculture is successfully taught; that farmers, as a elass, are suffering from this discrimination against them, and that it is time al remedy was applied. They think tbat farming is at least as meritorious a pursuit as any of the so-called learned professions; that farmers suffer in the weight of their influen ce in the soeial and polit- ical eireles for want of those advantages to öbtain an edu- cation in their ealling which ministers, lawyers and doctor' possess in theirs. And now they are calling on the legisla- ture to remedy tbis unjust diserimination against farmers by making a liberal appropriation for the establishment of a separate and independf-nt institution where the seience of agriculture will be taught and the art of farming be thus elevated into a learned professio n* and thus placed on an equal footiing with theology, law and meclieine. It this ean be accomplished by the appropriation of money it is an appeal which should not go unheeded by the legisla- ture, -but I think they are asking an impossibility. What; reason is there to expect that an iinstitution of the kind asked for in this state would be any more successful than those which have been established in other states. When the advocates of this measure ean point out any general benefits to the farmers in the practicall work *of. carrying oriä their farms, gained from the teachings of similar schools in the other states, or in foreign countrieswhere so many of them have existed -for long periods of time, maintained at great expense.. lit will be time enough, for the legislature to, take into serious conside.ration the expediency_ of establish-- ing-such a school in this state. The truth is that agricultural knowledge has never yetý assurned the form of a seience, and whetherit ean, ever be- reduced to the general established principles so as to be ree- ognized and -practically applied by all good farmers, is ex- tremely doubt:ful, but one thing is certain, that until it is:- all attempts to teach must inevitably result in failure, for the simple reason that there is nothing to teach, but if there- were., there are no means such as books and appliances for- teaching, and if there were, there is nobod so far as at. present discovered, qualified to teach aopriculture as a science,
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