A new national survey indicates that just 22 percent of high school teachers incorporate agricultural science into their lesson plans.
Nearly half of the teachers report that less emphasis is placed upon agricultural science now in high school classrooms compared to 15 years ago.
Sponsored by Bayer in collaboration with the National 4-H Council, the survey included 1,640 teachers who are members of the National Science Teachers Association.
The two sponsors have begun a program to increase student awareness of agricultural careers available to them and promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curricula.
“Food security – reliable access to safe and affordable food – is one of the most significant challenges of our time,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO of the National 4-H Council. “Science matters more than ever. We need to create educational opportunities that inspire a new generation of leaders willing to tackle this challenge.”
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