Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Inclusion Corner

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Inclusion Corner

Article excerpt

In 1982 I was pregnant with our second son, Chase. Having always loved hisotry and reading, I came across a historical novel on the life of Quanna Parker, Ride the Wind. For those of you that don't know who Quanna Parker was, he was the son of Cynthia Ann Parker and Wanderer and was the last free war chief of the Comanche.

As it turned out the book really wasn't about Quanna Parker-it was about his mother. She was captured in a raid by the Commanche in Central Texas at the age of nine. The book began grabbing you by the throat and taking you through the explicit and graphic terror of the raid and subsequent treatment of the prisoners. Soon you are asking yourself, "Why didn't these people just jump off a cliff or something? Anything would have been better than what they went through! How could the Comanche be so cruel?"

Then you began to learn other facts. The Comanche people were very honorable and held tightly to their word as their bond. If any of the captives had known it, they could have simply asked any one of the raiders to become their protector and it would have been so. The real irony of the book comes when twenty odd years later Cynthia Ann is retaken by the whites. Their unwillingness to accept Cynthia or her four year old daughter led to the child's death.

History teaches us that this kind of reaction is more common than we might think. One culture crashes into another and because of poor, or total lack of, commnication people suffer. School is a form of culture. There are norms and expectations of all who walk the hallowed halls of learning. FFA brings yet another culture to the mix and again we see norms and expectations. The world of agriculture is its own culture, is it not? Based on tradition and changing only through carefully researched and proven methods. Those who venture into our hallowed domain are expected to "fit in." But what happens if they don't? What happens if they can't fit in because of things beyond their control? …

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