Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

A New School Year-Same or Different?

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

A New School Year-Same or Different?

Article excerpt

In the spring and summer of 1977, I was looking for work... ny first job teaching agriculture fact. My husband had just taken a new position and we were relocating to Paris, Texas.

In those days you applied only to positions your Teacher Educator or the Area Supervisor advised. I had been sent to a small town within commuting distance of my husband's new job. The school had an opening in a two-teacher department.

On the day of my interview, my husband, Dan, went with me because we had plans to drive back to the Paris area and look for a place to live. It began with an interview with the principal. It went quite well I thought, and when it was over, I was introduced to the remaining veteran teacher-we'll call him "Red."

Red's job was to fill me in on the students and program and give me a driving tour of the facilities and 50 acre school farm. As we left the office, I stopped to tell Dan where I was going and Red invited him along.

We piled in the school pick-up and started down the road. As with most folks trying to impress others, I was desperately thinking of intelligent questions to ask about everything I saw. It is important to note here that I was sitting in the middle. The upcoming scenario went something like this...

I turn to Red and comment on how nice the grain sorghum looks and ask when he expects to start harvest. He leans across me and gives his answer to Dan, following it with another question pointedly asked to Dan. I try again.

This time I ask how many students are in the program and if they all have viable SAE projects. Again, Red leans over and begins his dissertation on students to Dan, asking a variety of questions as he went.

This process went on for about 15 minutes before Dan just started to shut down. …

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