Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

An Introduction to Instructional Practices for 21st Century Agricultural Education Teachers

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

An Introduction to Instructional Practices for 21st Century Agricultural Education Teachers

Article excerpt

It doesn't seem very long ago that Y2K. was on our doorstep as we moved from one millennium into another. Here we are a full eleven years into the 21st century with many things changing in front of our eyes: economic challenges, population increases, demographic shifts, natural catastrophes, wars, etc. Despite all of the chaos and change that is occurring across our land and globe, we have the opportunity to help and positively affect one student at a time.

I remember sitting at the National AgEd Summit in Indianapolis a couple of years back when the mystery speaker, Dr. Marshall Stewart from North Carolina, challenged the group to make the effort to reach out to recruit and impact all of the students who walk through the doors of our schools. His simple point was that statistics illustrated that the national student demographics of agricultural education don't even come close to mirroring what is enrolled in our high schools. There is a huge gap and we need to fill it.

Just last week I was visiting a student teacher in the Central Valley of California. After school we went on a couple of home visits, including a visit to a Spanish speaking family. As we conducted the visit, the FFA member served as our interpreter. I clearly remember the student teacher handing the latest New Horizon?, magazine to the parents. As the mother flipped through the pages, she focused on the pictures. On the way home, I flipped through my copy of the magazine and noticed what Marshall Stewart had brought to our attention, there aren't many minorities represented, whether it's in our magazine or in our programs. …

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