On Monday, Penn State Teach Ag welcomed the Monument Valley FFA from the Navajo Reservation in Kayenta, Arizona joined their agricultural educators Clyde and Elissa McBride for a seminar on Career and Technical Education through Agricultural Education.
This event was inspiring for all who had the opportunity to attend either in person or via our social media live feed. The wise words of Clyde McBride showed his passion to educate the next generation of lives in this world. Mr. McBride's students talked about their experiences through the agriculture program at Monument Valley High School. They expressed just how much Mr. and Mrs. McBride do for them not only in the classroom but outside as well. Overall this seminar provided inspiration for current and future agricultural educators to do all that they can to assist the students in learning responsibility, communication skills, and life lessons.
My take from this seminar was learning that agricultural education can happen anywhere, and that it should be taught in more schools. Listening to the students talk about their experiences from the program all I could think about is the difference agricultural education could make if over half of the high schools in the United States had this program. The rewards of this program are seeing students gain knowledge, grow in values, find out who they are and what they want to do in the future. The wisdom shared by Mr. and Mrs. McBride for future agricultural educators ignited even more passion for agricultural education. Their way of empowering each student gives me hope that agricultural education will always benefit the student. If you didn't get to attend this seminar check out the video feed that is on our Facebook page Teach Ag! at Penn State.
Additionally, here is the recorded video from our YouTube Channel: