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Life is Simple
        Life is Simple
                                                                                                  The Midwest Cattleman · August 10, 2023 · P5

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        Jerry Crownover                  dents, while they  were on  ed to wear ties every day  get away with those demands
                                         the student teaching block,  and the  young ladies were  today.
                                         I developed a much closer  required to dress profession-                On the last day of class, in
                                         relationship with them than  ally in pantsuits, dresses, or  the late 1980’s, I had a group
                                         most college professors get to  a  skirt  and  blouse.  No  blue  of student teachers, for which
                                         enjoy.                             jeans were allowed for either  I had prepared my typical
                                            I had a bit of a reputation  sex. I also required profes- final lecture, trying my best
                                         as an old-school educator.  sional hairstyles for men and  to inspire the newest crop
                                         Even in the 1980’s and 90’s,  women, and, if the men had  of Ag teachers and FFA ad-
                                         I required professional dress  facial hair: moustaches and  visors, in their last meeting,
                                         from my student teachers.  beards were to be kept neatly
                                         The young men were expect- trimmed. I’m sure I couldn’t                            continued on page 12

         Recently, I had the occasion
      to attend a banquet, celebrat-
      ing the 100th anniversary of
      our state’s Ag teachers. Hav-
      ing previously been an  Ag
      teacher myself, before train-
      ing Ag teachers at the college
      level, the meeting was a rare
      chance to reconnect.  Among
      those in attendance, were
      many of my former students,
      who are now retired.
         Back then, because I spent
      four to six hours, every day,
      with the same group of stu-

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