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$300 more than other teachers on account of teaching agriculture when in general high schools, and about $550 when in spe
cial schools. Agricultural teachers without college training in agriculture receive, on an average, as much as those with such training only when thet were high school principles, otherwise the average is much lower.
All this would indicate that teaching of agriculture
may be sufficiently remunerative to induce students to make
special preparation for such work.
The salaries paid them
are doubtless much higher than those paid to teachers of
However, all reports have been based on a
small number of returns.
It is doubtful if the average high
school, especially the ones must in need of a trained agri
cultural teacher, can pay such salaries.
If they cannot,
then colleges will be able to prepare teachers of the special
schools only, or for the schools in other states where the
state gives much aid. The reports,now at hand, also fail
Certification of Agricultural
It might be assumed from the discussion on salaries
that the qualifications of teachers is largely a matter of
salary and that school were employing
as good a teacher as
they could afford.
But salary alone does not determine the
teaching, for the average school board is not able to pass upon such a complicated matter as is the pre
paration to teach; hence will largely rely upon the judgement
of the certifying agency and will employ anyone with a license
to teach who meets certain other requirements, e.g., personal
app?arance, church membership, salary demanded, etc. In the last analysis the qualifications required for a license to
teach are the qualifications which the majority of teachers
will have, for the minimum prescribed by law will invariably
come to be regarded as entirely adequate.
In a study on the preparation of teachers of agricul
ture, the question of the legal qualifications for teaching
is very important, and for two reasons:
First, the prepara
tion of teachers in general will not be higher than is demanded
by law, regardless of the most excellent training schools;
secondly, whatever the efficiency of the training school be,
it must meet the legal requirements tho they he absurd and
at variance with the principles of the school.
A school who se
graduates are not eligible to receive the state certificate,
will not exist very long.
Hence, it is to be expected that
certification laws have been a factor in the shaping of train