Constructive Rural Sociology (Classic Reprint)by John M. Gillette
Interest in the problems of rural life is wide-spread, but it is too generally uninformed. City people praise a life close to nature but avoid the life itself. Alarmists predict the early depopulation of the countryside. Optimists count upon macadamised roads, telephones, rural free delivery and moving-pictures at the school
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Interest in the problems of rural life is wide-spread, but it is too generally uninformed. City people praise a life close to nature but avoid the life itself. Alarmists predict the early depopulation of the countryside. Optimists count upon macadamised roads, telephones, rural free delivery and moving-pictures at the school-house to make the farming population happy and contented. Despondent citizens predict a scarcity of food products and an early dependence upon Russia and the Argentine. Still others querulously ask why the urban unemployed refuse to accept large wages and a comfortable home as labourers upon the farms, or why the dwellers in tenements do not eagerly seek the soil and add to the national wealth.
There is a zeal for agricultural education. Experiment stations, colleges of agriculture, agricultural high schools are being multiplied, and even in the common schools agricultural subjects are being introduced. There is a deepening conviction that if only agricultural knowledge and skill can be widely distributed, and if the young can be given insight and enthusiasm for farming pursuits, our problems will be solved.
The demand for new forms of agricultural extension is growing. Farmers' Institutes are declared to be an outgrown device. It is insisted that experts must go to the farmers on their farms, that demonstration plots must be scattered throughout the countryside, that county agricultural advisers must be appointed to serve the farmers of the region.
Club women of town and city are concerning themselves with the life of women and girls upon the farm.
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