Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Standards and Agricultural Education: It's Not Just Plows, Cows, and Sows Anymore (but It MIGHT Be Physical Science, the Mammary System, and Breeding for Lean Meat)

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Standards and Agricultural Education: It's Not Just Plows, Cows, and Sows Anymore (but It MIGHT Be Physical Science, the Mammary System, and Breeding for Lean Meat)

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At the time I was asked to be the theme editor for the Ag Ed Magazine issue on standards, I thought that writing this introductory section would be easy given my interest in and work with standards on many levels. However, what I found is that the topic is so broad and the term "standard" has so many meanings-think of the ceremonial flag bearer who is also known as the standard bearer-that writing this piece would not be an easy task at all. I decided to take the easy way out by conducting a search in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary to identify a definition for standard that relates most to what we do to frame my introduction:

Standard: something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model or example; something set up and established by authority as a rule for the measure of quantity, weight, extent, value, or quality, (http://www.m-w.com/)

We start off this issue with a look at standards from the national perspective by Dr. Larry case, followed by a philosophical discussion from Vernon Cardwell that debates agriculture content stand-alone standards versus agriculture standards embedded in those developed for the core academic curriculum disciplines. Anissa Wilhelm provides a rationale for standards focused on better teaching and more accountability. …

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