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Supporting education outside of the classroom
Start Date: 2/21/2014Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 2/21/2014End Time: 8:00 AM
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This week, I was honored to offer House Concurrent Resolution 18 along with several other representatives recognizing the Indiana FFA Association for their hard work and commitment to the continued growth and development of our agriculture industry. The resolution served as the start to National FFA Week and as a great reminder that there are several important life lessons to be learned that cannot be taught inside the classroom. 

Education is a top priority in our state, but agriculture is the backbone of Indiana’s economy.  These shouldn’t be mutually exclusive industries, and in Indiana, they aren’t. Senate Bill (SB) 114 promotes a unique learning experience for high school students, or participating members of one’s family, allowing them to have up to five days excused from school to participate in the Indiana State Fair. 

The State Fair runs throughout August when many students are back in school. They work throughout the summer, year-round really, raising animals and participating in events for county fairs so that they can be a part of the State Fair’s festivities. There is a lot to be learned in and out of the classroom, and I think our State Fair provides a great platform for Hoosiers to learn about agricultural and other fun events that benefits our education system.

The State Fair has a lot of great, interactive activities and shows that students participate in, such as 4-H livestock showing, cake decorating, genealogy projects, photography and so much more. Each event at the State Fair showcases different industries and a wide array of Hoosier skills sets.  

Along the same lines, some students learn best through hands-on classes.  One way to encourage that type of learning and simultaneously help students get ahead is through House Bill (HB) 1213. This bill requires the Indiana Works Council to create a career and technical education (CTE) diploma. 

Offering a CTE diploma helps schools identify early in a student’s high school career their desire to work in positions that require certifications or two year degrees and helps them gain experience in those fields while still completing a rigorous high school diploma. This diploma opens the door for students to begin their chosen career a step ahead of the game by teaching them skill sets required to fill technical jobs.

When students join extracurricular activities and seek out learning opportunities beyond the classroom, they can attain valuable skills not necessarily taught in traditional classes. Time management, determination, fortitude and the feeling of success are all things that you don’t learn from textbooks, but rather gain from experience that an education helped you prepare for.

Each student has different interests, abilities and talents, and each one should have the opportunity to be involved, learn outside a classroom atmosphere and grow from new experiences. Participation in FFA, vocational classes, athletics, drama, music or any other activity can have a truly beneficial impact on the development of a student, and I’m thankful I had the opportunity to support measures to help make Indiana an even better place to learn.

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State Rep. Don Lehe serves as Chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. He also serves on the Environmental Affairs Committee and the Public Health Committee. Rep. Lehe represents portions of White, Cass, Carroll, Clinton and Tippecanoe Counties.

Contact Information:
Name: Maggie Johnson
Phone: 317-232-9693
Email: maggie.johnson@iga.in.gov
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