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education made possible by the amendment to the second Morrill Act of 1890. According to this amendment, passed in 1907, "colleges may use a portion of [a twenty-five-thousand-dollar supplementary grant to land-grant institutions] for providing courses for the special preparation of instructors for teaching the elements of agriculture and the mechanic arts." The second Morrill Act had provided money to teach coursesl now the Nelson Amendment provided money to teach the teachers of those courses.
The Schools of Agriculture and Domestic Science
Although enrollment in the collegiate courses lagged and the resistance to book farming remained, the School of Agriculture was a bright spot. A. E. Davisson, principal of the school, had emphasized repeatedly that its policy had always been to send its students back to the land; and he could give figures to prove it. In the school's ten years of existence, Davisson had said in 1906, it "has had about 1,500 students and over 1,200 are devoting themselves to farming and stock raising." Starting with only 15 students in 1895, it enrolled 353 during the 1905-1906 academic year-- 16 2/3 per cent of the student body, as compared to .5 per cent when the school opened. Answering those who felt that Nebraska's agricultural enrollment was small, Davisson wrote, "It sometimes happen that comparisons are instituted between agricultural education in Nebraska and that in Iowa and Kansas. These comparisons have always been wrongly made. . . . The so-called agricultural schools of Iowa and Kansas are thought by many people to be devoting their energies solely to the work of training students in agriculture. The facts are the major portion of the instruction given at Ames and Manhattan consists of work in engineering subjects, the natural sciences and the branches of so-called polite learning. Nebraska has more students taking agricultural subjects as seriously as one take a course in engineering than can be found at the Kanas college and almost as many as there are at Ames."
Of all the work undertaken on the farm that of rearing boys and girls is
If the regents had expected that the enrollemt in the School of Domestic Science would come largely from rural areas, they were disabused of the