Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Be Relevant or Be Forgotten

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Be Relevant or Be Forgotten

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Have you ever taken the time to reflect on how you got to where you are today? You can probably say that much (or at least some) of your success is because of what you have done in the past. Just as importantly, however, have you taken the time to think about why you are where you are today, because of what others have done, or done for you? The opportunities that we have today have often come about because of what others have done, or done for us, in the past. As we reflect on what has been done in the past to impact agricultural education, let us not forget that what we do today will impact agricultural education for the next fifty, seventy-five, or even one-hundred years, just as the Smith-Hughes Act has done for us.

In this issue of the Agricultural Education Magazine we will have the opportunity to reflect on the history of agricultural education, and how it was impacted by the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917. We have dedicated an entire issue of the Magazine to celebrate this important legislation that has shaped our past, and will continue to shape our future. We will learn about the people that made this legislation possible. We will see how education was in need of change, and how this Act made that change happen. One lasting impact of the Smith-Hughes Act was that it made education accessible, and relevant, for individuals beyond the higher class of society. My challenge to each of us, as we read this issue of the Magazine, is to think how we can continue to keep our classes, our laboratories, and our profession relevant for the future success of our current students.

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