The Agricultural Education Magazine

The Agricultural Education Magazine publishes articles on instruction leadership, supervision, and curriculum development in agricultural education in the United States and other countries.

Articles from Vol. 80, No. 3, November/December

Agricultural Education: Looking Around
"Nothing endures but change."~Diogenes Laertius (3rd century, AD)In spite of an inherent desire for stability in our lives and in our professions, the only thing about which we can be absolutely certain as agricultural educators is that our profession...
Agricultural Education: Meeting Needs of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
The Challenge of the 70's and 80'sDuring the 1970's, agricultural policy opened world markets and farming was very prosperous. Demand was great and production was expanded. However, inflation was out of control. Farmers went in debt to buy land and were...
Fifty Years in the Rear View Mirror: An Interview with James E. Christiansen
In 1951, a gallon of milk cost 92¢, a loaf of bread cost 16¢, a gallon of gas cost 20¢, the United States had 48 states, Truman was the president, and James Christiansen began his career as an agricultural educator. "Dr. C," as he is affectionately known,...
From the Past and for the Future
I believe it was Will Rogers who said, "Things aren't what they used to be, and probably never were." How tempting, and easy, it is for us to reflect upon the past and yearn for those good old days. But the past is past; we live in and for the future....
Inclusion Corner
Think about it! BillyeKnow how live within yourself: There is in your soul a whole world of mysterious and enchanted thoughts; they will be drowned by the noise without; daylight will drive them away; listen to their singing and be silent.- Fyodor Tyutchev(1803-1873)PoetI...
Lessons Learned
'We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again - and that is well; but also she will never...
Past Experience or Present Wisdom?
Why do we always seem to think wisdom can only be found in the past? The past fascinates me, and I enjoyed scanning past issues of the Magazine for additions to this issue. Things always seem simpler in the past-maybe that's because we already know the...
Patience and Perseverance
Everyone is familiar with Aesop's fable of "The Tortoise and the Hare." In a race, the hare jumped to the lead immediately. He was so far ahead that he decided to take a nap. The tortoise kept a slow, but steady pace and ended up passing the hare to...
Reflections on Agricultural Education's Past and Future
(Much of this article is from a speech given to the 10x15 National Conference on June 13, 2007)This is a propitious moment for agricultural education. The opportunity is the "10x15" effort of the Council. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for...
Stick to the Principles: Expand the Horizons
"This obsolete system is in the process of breaking down" (Draves & Coates, 2007, p. 259).In their recent publication, entitled Nine Shift..., Draves & Coates comment on the public school system and how it fails to meet "expectations and requirements...
Wisdom from the Past
Six Rides far Successful Farm PracticeAdapted from the Orginial Rules Proposed by Glenn Frank(Note: This gem is published anonymously because the ediotr is not quite sure from which state newsletter he clipped. If the author can be determined, he will...