Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Past Experience or Present Wisdom?

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Past Experience or Present Wisdom?

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Why do we always seem to think wisdom can only be found in the past? The past fascinates me, and I enjoyed scanning past issues of the Magazine for additions to this issue. Things always seem simpler in the past-maybe that's because we already know the outcomes. We can pick and choose the stories we want to remember. We don't have to read or think about colossal failures-Custer's Last Stand? We can focus on the good decisions-George Washington Carver and peanuts ...

Of course for many of us the memory of our own parents and grandparents connotes wisdom. As we grew up, we expected wisdom to come from those older and more experienced than we were. Old habits die hard. This issue is devoted to the collection of respected professionals' experiences. Experience leads to wisdom, and we have assembled a very interesting assortment of individuals to share some of their thoughts and values within these pages. Following each article you will find a box, similar to the one at the bottom of this page, reflecting the experience of the author of the article. If you take time to sum the total years of experience of the 10 individuals contributing to this issue, you will find a total of 263 years of experience in Agricultural Education.

I was once told in order to be considered an expert on a subject, you had to live at least 50 miles from the location in which you intended to share your "expert" opinions. Not being able to determine the actual distance of each author's location to each reader's location, I guess we will have to settle for a comparison of "years experience. …

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