Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

What Do We Say to Students Considering a Career in Agricultural Education?

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

What Do We Say to Students Considering a Career in Agricultural Education?

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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 and loads of fun! I consulted my colleagues here at NC State and my friends and mentors at Texas Tech (where I attended graduate school) to start assembling theme articles from a wide array of agricultural educators.

This issue of the magazine includes viewpoints from current agricultural education teachers, two retired agricultural education teachers with nearly 70 years of teaching experience between them, an agricultural education state staff member, a few university agricultural educators, and graduate (former ag teachers) and undergraduate students in agricultural education. The authors stretch from coast to coast and offer their own unique perspective on how we all have a responsibility in passing the torch to future generations of agricultural educators.

Each of us involved in agricultural education realizes that we must do our part to recruit and retain quality individuals in our profession. The 10 X 15 initiative is on everyone's mind, but we still must address the critical need for agricultural education teachers in our country today. The torch must be passed in all phases of agricultural education. secondary teachers must seek out students interested in a rewarding teaching career and encourage them to pursue that goal. State staff members should encourage recruitment practices and work with secondary teachers and university faculty to get these students enrolled in post-secondary programs. University faculty should reach out into the local communities and continue to utilize the local agricultural education teacher as one of their primary recruiters. …

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