I’ve just read your piece on Farm Term. You really conveyed the impact that program had on all of us, and also caught how much we all really liked and admired Dewey and Doug.
One thing you mentioned that I’d forgotten about was the effect meeting with all the local farmers had on us suburban kids. They were largely broken down old Norwegians, with great grit and a droll sense of humor. And all were pretty happy with the lives they had led. So Farm Term readied me to become a lifetime fan of “Prairie Home Companion.”
I would love to see some sort of follow up study of these alternative educational programs. Our system occasionally may track academic “achievement,” but we don’t seem to have any way to quantify the profound impact of these programs on the whole person.
—Steve Axon ’73