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News & Views

Volume XLII No. 2 November 1999

Tom Kremer, 1998-99 NAAE PresidentEnsuring the Future of Ag Ed

Thomas A. Kremer
1998-99 NAAE President


What should be the mission and goals of those of us in the role of providing national leadership for agricultural education? Is an organization such as The National Council for Agricultural Education (The Council) worth preserving? Should we be concerned about the long-term future outlook for the profession as we enter the 21st century? Is the autonomy of three national professional organizations really best for all of agricultural education? Are leadership, coordination, and advocacy important to teachers and others within the profession? Is the production of instructional materials an important function of our national leadership?

These questions and many others have certainly escalated my stress level over the past six months. All of these questions demand answers and have been addressed by the national leadership of agricultural education for many months. A committee has worked for more than two years attempting to hurdle the barriers that for too long have kept the profession fragmented. But, as fate has dictated, your National Council for Agricultural Education has determined that the restructuring of the agricultural education profession must happen now. As we see it, if we are going to play a role in the future, "the time is now." We do not have the luxury of being able to sit back and wait for the inevitable to happen. We must take assertive action today if we want to be in the game tomorrow.

All of agricultural education must be aware of the factors and their implications as we continue to be a player in the totality of education. National leadership must provide not only the leadership, but also the coordination, advocacy, and other services that members require. We have become very comfortable and complacent within our own small worlds. Now we must envision a future involving limited resources, more and more national and state standards to be attained that demand more and more articulation across the entire breadth of education. Yes, the game is changing and we must demand our place at the table to ensure the future of the profession. We must make the changes at home so that we can help shape the future rather than react to program and policies that are detrimental to agricultural education and our future beyond our boardrooms. This is a much larger issue than the future of The Council and the independence of NAAE, NASAE, and AAAE. The national leadership of agricultural education must lead the way to unification if want to have the opportunity to ensure the future. Perhaps the most intriguing question of all is: "Do we have the courage to put aside the personal issues, see the "big picture," and make the decision to ensure the future of agricultural education?" The careers of many young agricultural educators will surely depend upon the answer to this question.


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