The Agricultural Education Magazine

The Agricultural Education Magazine publishes articles on instruction leadership, supervision, and curriculum development in agricultural education in the United States and other countries.

Articles from Vol. 80, No. 5, March/April

Few Words, Big Meaning
Students eagerly file into the classroom-some with great anticipation, some with uncertainty, and some with a considerable amount of fear. The buzz begins about where they will request to be placed for their field experience as a student teacher in agricultural...
Passing the Torch
Agriculture teaching is one of the best professions in the ield of agriculture. I look at it as not a job, but as something you love to do and look forward to every day going to the classroom. You are molding tomorrow's agriculture leaders and having...
Passing the Torch-Whose Job Is It?
Passing the torch. Whose job is that? Did you ever read the story called "Whose Job Is It?" It goes something like this...This is a story about four people named: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody...
Recruiting Agriculture Teachers: Are We Our Own Worst Enemy?
(ProQuest: ... denotes text stops here in original.)Picture the following scenario if you will: A well respected and dedicated agriculture teacher is conducting a routine Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) visit. The student being visited is at...
Tabulating Career Development Events: A Contest Management Approach
Participation in FFA and 4H has been shown to have a significant positive effect on student GPA and obtainment of baccalaureate degrees (Ball & Carton, 2002). Colleges of Agriculture commonly sponsor the career development events (CDE) for FFA and...
The Agricultural Education Life
On those days when I used to wake up early to feed hay while the ground was still hard, and then head off to fix fence until lunch time, followed by an afternoon of working cattle, it was easy to see why living a life of agriculture is endearing to so...
The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love
The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love was a pitch line someone used several years ago; maybe it was the army, but I thought at the time when I first heard it that it described perfectly what those of us in Ag Education deal with everyday. Make bones about...
Think about It! Billye
As I began to think about my history, I realized we haven't changed all that much in my 44 year involvement in Vocational Agricultural Education. Let me tell you my story and see if you don't agree.In 1963, they started the Vo-Ag program at Drain High...
What Do We Say to Students Considering a Career in Agricultural Education?
When Billye Foster contacted me about being theme editor for this edition of the Agricultural Education Magazine, I was a little nervous about saying yes. Once Billye told me about the theme this issue would be addressing, I thought this will be easy...
What Message Are You Sending?
At this moment, a little girl somewhere in the United States watches her mom in the kitchen and tries to act just like her. Somewhere else, a little boy sits on the couch with his daddy and observes his reaction to the latest football score. The little...
Why Teach Agriculture? It Beats Working!
As a teenager, I worked for neighboring ranchers and farmers in Central Texas. I hauled rocks out of fields, poisoned mesquite trees, worked livestock, and sewed sacks of grain on a tractor pulled combine. But the worst job of all was harvesting broomcorn....
Wisdom for the New Generation
The student teaching experience is an exciting time. That excitement gives way to responsibility as one assumes the role of an agricultural educator. In fact, some have said the real learning actually begins when the job begins. The induction period...