Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

What Do Bath Towels, Animals and Curriculum Have in Common?

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

What Do Bath Towels, Animals and Curriculum Have in Common?

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Have you ever thought about bath towels? I mean big, fluffy, soft towels and how good they feel when you step out of a bath. Did you know that towels, as we know them, did not become easily accessible until the 20th Century? In fact, until the mechanization of the textile industry most towels were made from linen and were very small and often hand made.

With the onset of the Industrialized Era, mechanized looms were developed to create the tiny loops that make the pile surface of cotton terry cloth towels. In the beginning only the very wealthy could afford the luxury of these towels. Today, almost weekly, we see ads at various stores that make luxuriously soft, large towels within reach of almost any working family.

As I read through the articles in this issue, I had two very clear images in my mind. First, the miracle of soft, thirsty towels. Without a series of plans I would never know the feel of warm, soft cotton after a bath. To make that towel it took planning by the farmer to plant cotton and see it through to harvest. Buyers had to plan for the right amount raw product to buy in order for the cloth makers to make the finest grade cotton terry cloth.

The plans of early inventors made the cloth for my towels readily available. After the towels were made, someone had to plan how to market them. Even colors and sizes had to be planned...nothing was left to chance. Finally the retailer planned which colors and sizes to stock in the stores where I shop. Amazing, all that planning for a single towel...

Working as an educator with teachers and pre-service teachers, I feel very well versed in the art of planning. Many times I have said or heard the phrase, "Failure to plan is planning to fail."

What is curriculum except another word for planning? Like the store owner, the teacher has an end product. However, instead of working through a horizontal integration system, the teacher operates in a vertical integration system-taking the raw product through all steps of the process to reach the goal of a well-rounded successful student. …

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