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Why I Teach Ag: Hunter Morgan    
Sunday, February 14, 2021 | Author: Texas FFA News

What ag education classes do you teach?
I am currently teaching the welding pathway. However, I have taught almost everything throughout my career, but my passion is outdoor-related wildlife classes.

Why do you teach ag?
Agriculture is a noble pursuit. I teach because it gives me an opportunity to show God’s love to a key audience. High school kids are at a turning point in their lives and no better audience to give yourself to and multiply the talent's God gave you. I do believe in the future of agriculture and believe the skills learned and the lessons taught are key to making great humans. The resumes students build and the skill set acquired give them a leg up in this world I enjoy being a small part of that. I teach ag because I know every day my life matters.

What is your favorite classroom memory?
No doubt my best moments in the classroom have been when I have been blessed with the opportunity to pray with kids and even been honored to watch students give their life to Jesus. There is no more important responsibility we have as leaders than to be a light, and at times, take active roles in spiritual leadership. Being a light in today’s world is key, but the good news is light is more effective in darkness. We are watching a rapid decline in the moral compass of our world. What a great opportunity to be a different example.

What is your favorite FFA memory?
Watching kids achieve their dreams is pretty cool. Holding banners at the majors, having success at a state contest,  becoming a state officer, each are special moments that are deeply satisfying.  But my favorite moments are watching kids who might struggle at times improve.  Non-verbal students find their voice because of the therapy found in a show pig.  Kids with disabilities discover their abilities bridge gaps they never knew possible because of an SAE or other FFA opportunities. The FFA offers so many unique opportunities that everyone has a place.

Why do you believe that ag education is so important?
This goes back to why education is important. Education is important because it changes outcomes. It gives students a chance, the ability to change generations opens doors. If you want people to stay impoverished then keep them uneducated. Agriculture education just does a better job of developing the whole child. Gains in confidence, decision making, speaking ability, career certifications and development, and opportunities to experience life combined with knowledge make ag ed unique and effective.

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