Lawmakers look at agriculture in K-12 education

10/5/2012 3:15 PM
By Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are exploring ways to fold agriculture into K-12 classroom lessons, amid concerns that students aren't learning enough about the state's largest industry.

The Legislature's Education and Agriculture Committees heard testimony Friday from farm and ranch advocates who say a growing number of students know virtually nothing about the business.

Deanna Karmazin, the state coordinator of the Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom program, told lawmakers that she visited students this week who believed that eggs came from cows. She says the material used in many classrooms today is often outdated, fragmented and condescending.

Cedar Rapids Sen. Kate Sullivan introduced a proposal last year to create an Agriculture Literacy Task Force, but the bill died in committee.

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