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Gary E Moore
Prior to 1969 about the only way a female could be involved with the FFA was to be a chapter sweetheart. In the early days of the FFA, it was common for a chapter to have an FFA Sweetheart. The Sweetheart was typically voted on by the members and the selection of the sweetheart more often than not was a popularity/beauty contest. The Sweetheart,…
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Gary E Moore
Last week’s Friday Footnote mentioned two organizations, the Masons and the Grange, who have “secret” ceremonies. Are you aware of the existence of a “secret” agricultural education society?  This secret agricultural education society is the Yellow Dogs (officially The Omnivorous and Amiable Order of the Yellow Dogs). If you are from Oregon or…
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Gary E Moore
About a month ago I received an inquiry from an agriculture teacher in California asking about the origins of the FFA Ceremonies. So the answer to that inquiry forms this Friday's Footnote.  Who is responsible for the FFA ceremonies we have?In September of 1925, Walter S. Newman, the state supervisor of agricultural education in Virginia, met with…
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Gary E Moore
When I was in graduate school I discovered a short essay titled "The Poor Scholar's Soliloquy". As I read the essay, I thought this could be describing an agricultural student. The essay caused me to do some thinking about the teaching-learning process. Was the problem described in the essay the fault of the student or was it the teachers and the…
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Gary E Moore
We have a guest columnist for this week's Footnote. Dr. Jim Connors at the University of Idaho authored this week's Friday Footnote. Thanks, Jim.  If you want to contact Jim regarding this information he can be reached at jconnors@uidaho.edu.  For over a century secondary agricultural education programs have offered hands-on instruction in…
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Gary E Moore
Friday Footnote from 08/03/2018 The Friday Footnote – Focusing on the History of Agricultural Education and Rural America Since “Russia” is in the news a lot lately, the first Friday Footnote relates to Agricultural Education, Plagiarism and Russia.Last week I spent a day in Danville, Illinois conducting research on:Interstate Printers and…
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