When Dr. Yoder was completing his agriculture student teaching internship, he was asked by his supervising teacher to write a two page letter to the school district superintendent stating why he wanted to be an agriculture teacher and why agricultural education was important in a high school curriculum. After the end of the first week his supervising teacher and the superintendent met and discussed philosophy of education and the role of agricultural education in public education. Dr. Yoder's philosophy on agricultural education:
|Left-Right; Ed Yoder, Russel Reading, Jim Diamond,|
Ellen Duckworth, MeeCee Baker
Infront; Richard Grubb
"You have to be yourself in an ever changing environment. That means some of your values and beliefs are going to be challenged as educational reforms and changes are constantly proposed. In my personal view, I believe with all the educational reform efforts and proposed changes, the core components of school based Agricultural Education programs provide the foundation for making all education relevant and truly reform education."
He suggests a few ideas of how to deal with change based on the book Who Moved My Cheese,
- Change Happens--They Keep Moving the Cheese
- Anticipate Change--Be Ready For the Cheese To Move
- Monitor Change--Smell the Cheese Often So You Know When It Is Getting Old
- Adapt To Change Quickly--The Quicker You Let Go Of Old Cheese, the Sooner You Can Enjoy New Cheese
- Change--Move with the Cheese
- Enjoy Change!--Savor the Adventure and Enjoy The Taste Of New Cheese!
- Be Ready To Change Quickly And Enjoy It Again--They Keep Moving the Cheese.