Want Teachers of Agriculture

Interest in Subject Show Steady Growth


People Want Information of Growing New Crops – Many New Schools on List.

Interest in the teaching of agriculture in the schools of south Carolina is steadily on the increase according to Verd Peterson, director of vocational education of the state department of education, and this year 145 teacher will be employed in 36 counties as against 130 teachers last year in 20 counties. These teachers are employed under the Smith-Hughes act.

The teachers will address themselves particularly this year to two phases of the work, first, they will do what they can in assisting farmers to adjust themselves to the new conditions prevailing in South Carolina agricultural, and second, they will endeavor to hold the boy on the farm, not, of course, through compulsion but by showing the possibilities of intellect farming.

“Where are the boll weevil has made a clean sweep of the cotton crop,” Mr. Peterson said yesterday, “the people want all of the teachers of agriculture they can get. One county which has suffered severely from the past will take all the teachers of agriculture we can get them.”

“Our men will give instructions in the growing of new crops and in developing other sources of revenue then cotton and their work will be particularly helpful this year. Information on your crops is what is needed right now on South Carolina farms.”

Searches Out White Men.

A teacher of agriculture in Dillon County, T. L. Ayers by name, in a radius of four miles of Dillon has formed acquaintance with 100 white unmarried men who live on farms and who are trying to make a living on the land, Mr. Peterson said yesterday. This teacher is exerting himself to show these young men new methods of farming and methods of cultivating new crops. Other teachers of agriculture in other sections are doing similar work, Mr. Peterson said.

Program for Year.

The state program for teaching agriculture in South Carolina for this year has been mapped out. In the all day schools, pupils give 90 minutes per day to class study of agriculture and there is a separate classroom for agriculture in the necessary equipment. There are approximately 9,355 farm boys enrolled in high schools of the state, according to Mr. Peterson.

In The “unit-course” schools there are at least two 90 minute periods per week. Most of this unit course work is done in rural graded schools of from three to five teachers. There are approximately 20,000 farm boys 14 years or older in enrolled in the graded schools of the state.

Stress is being laid this year on the “part-time” classes, Mr. Peterson says. Part time work is for farm boys who are from 14 to 20 years of age, who do not attend any regular school. These part-time classes must hold at least 10 meetings of 90 minutes duration. There are about 46,000 farm boys in South Carolina between the ages of 14 and 20 who might be in rolled in this work, Mr. Peterson says.

There are evening classes also on the program, junior project or pre-vocational work, supervise practice work, community service, and community meetings embraced in the program.

Many New Schools.

Twenty new schools, in which agricultural will be taught by means of federal aid this fall, will soon begin work or have already started the fall session. In addition to these teachers employed through federal aid, a number of men are giving instructions in agriculture in the smaller schools by state aid.

The new schools open this year with teachers employed through federal aid are as followes:

Antreville, Abbeville county, R. T. Bishop; Monck’s Corner, Berkeley county, D. W. Trexler; St. Matthews, Calhoun county, J. M. Walker; Megett, Charleston county, T. H. Seabrook; Oakley Hall, Chester county, W. B. Murhy; Pageland, Chesterfield county, A. J. Knight; Manning, Clarendon county. F. W. Taylor; Johnston, Edgefield county, L. W. Arnold; Ninety Six, Greenwood county, E. L. Rogers; Varnville, Hampton county, G. V. Nelson; Green Sea, Horry county, J. K. Dorman; Blaney, Kershaw county, L. F. Horton: Egype school, Lee county, W. B. Stevenson; Fairview school, Lexington county, J. P. Murphy; Centenary, Marion county, Loramer McKnight; Britton’s NEck, Marion County, J. L. Gilmore; North, Orangeburg county, R. R. Mellette: Inman, Spartanburg county, H. N. Karnell; Clover, York County, T. B. Cooper.

Several of the teachers of agriculture are from other states than South Carolina. Among these are R. B. Suber at Holly Hill, C. B. House, Hemingway and C. L. Barnett at Iva and J. T. Murphy at Fairview are of Georgia; G. V. Nelson, at Varnville, is from Maryland.

September 15, 1923  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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