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FFA Teaches Lessons That Get Better With Age

Our local FFA chapter [3] hosted its creed contest last week, as most chapters were off to Louisville, KY, for the national convention. [4] Anyone familiar with FFA knows that the contest is a career development event, or CDE, in which FFA members in grades 7, 8, and 9 present the FFA Creed from memory and answer questions about its meaning and purpose.

 I’m a big fan of FFA and the opportunities it provides to its members. In fact, I’ve been a judge for several creed contests and have had the pleasure of watching my kids compete as well. I think it’s a great contest because it gets kids up in front of others, and teaches them to be confident and competent in speaking about agriculture [5].

As they always do, this year’s kids did a very good job in the competition, answering some questions that I thought were tough. In fact, I wasn’t sure how I would have answered one or two of the questions if I’d been asked and allowed no time to prepare or think about them.

I do have to admit, however, that I thought the FFA creed [6]showed its age a little bit. I think it’s worded in such a way that it’s a little difficult to grasp some of the key concepts. After listening to the kids this year, however, I decided that it’s probably a good thing, as it forces the kids to think about life, agriculture [7], and the FFA organization in ways that they probably haven’t had to in the past.

I wish I would have better understood the opportunities organizations like FFA gave me at the time I participated. But it says a lot about an organization when you realize more and more of its value the longer you’ve been away from it.

 

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