What Draft Horses Teach College Students

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Sterling College combines classroom academics and experiential learning.

Photo courtesy of Sterling College

The students at Sterling College learn from demanding teachers—like a stubborn, 2,000-pound draft horse or the campus cows, which need water even on a 20-below-zero Vermont morning when the trough is frozen solid.

Sterling is part of a seven-school consortium that requires students to take practical jobs, such as working on the college’s farm, in its kitchen or offices, or as a mentor to children or seniors.

The students gain a connection to the community, feel an investment in the school, and approach their education as equals with the college staff.

 

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