Question for the Profession

Why Don't We Want Every Kid in FFA?


Why don’t we want every kid in FFA? I’m sure there are as many reasons as there are teachers in the profession. But are they valid reasons? That’s the question I struggle with. In whose best interest is it that, as teachers, we limit access to FFA? Do we keep out “difficult” students because it’s easier for us, we don’t want them to soil the good FFA name or we want to make sure that quality reins over quantity?

When presenting the new affiliation fee program to teachers, this seems to be a sticking point for them. Every kid that walks through the door is an FFA member through affiliation. Isn’t that a good thing? No more getting money out of kids; no more explaining why you talk about FFA in every class; and, no more claims of playing favorites with FFA members.

So, I ask the question again, Why Don’t We Want Every Kid in FFA? Become part of the discussion, share your thoughts, and pose more questions on the NAAE Communities of Practice and read additional articles regarding engaging every student in leadership development and FFA in this edition of  Making a Difference magazine.