Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

It's about the Journey

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

It's about the Journey

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"It's about the journey-mine and yours-and the lives we can touch, the legacy we can leave, and the world we can change for the better." ~Tony Dungy, Quit


Have you read the 2007 NFL Coach of the Year's book, Quiet Strength? If not, you should. I think it will resonante with all those who dedicate their lives to the development of the future-to all teachers.

We spend a lot of time in this profession discussing what we should change, what should be done better, hashing and rehashing every step along the almost hundred year-old path of Agricultural Education. I say "hundred year-old" based on the Smith-Hughes Act, but in reality the education of and about agriculture is as old as this world itself. When did all of us NOT need to know and understand where our basic sustenance comes from?

Interestingly, we have come to dedicate the July/August issue to matters connected to diversity and inclusion. I know why we do this-because we are trying to make up for lost time. However, I also find it ironic that we should need to do so. How pompous a profession are we, that we could ever choose who should and should not be allowed to learn about the subsistence of life? Just as education about agriculture has gone on for eons, all peoples of the world have studied it. I think that is why I like the Tony Dungy quote at the beginning of this piece so well. It is not about us or them. It is not about one civilization conquering another. It is about individuals.

Each of us comes into the world with a gift. Sometimes it is hard to discern what that gift is for years, but we all have one. …

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