I remember back 100 years ago when I was in school and taking AG. I showed pigs and at that time there was only five or six of us that showed them. The rest of the class showed steers or horses and the AG teacher would spend all his time with them. We would have to find our own way to the shows and never got any help on anything we needed. The steer people would get the AG trailer and all the new equipment and were able to do whatever they wanted to whenever they wanted to.
I remember the teacher saying every year he was going to visit every one's projects but never being able to make it out to the pigs, rabbits or chickens. He would only visit just the steers and horses.
As I got older I realized it was about the money. The kids that showed steers and horses were always the ones who had a rich daddy. I guess it was the teachers job to take care of them the best.
The bottom line is, nothing has changed. Last weekend at the local show the teacher never came over to my daughter, heck the teacher did not even know she was there, but she sure spent all her time helping with the steers. She was even helping the kids in the ring.
This mishap with the County Youth Fair was both the teachers fault and the daughters. The daughter got the entry forms in but not the money and that is why she was not entered. The teacher made sure the steers and horses got the money in but failed to remind the daughter of hers. The daughter should have been more on top of it by asking, after all it was her project. If she was showing a steer or a horse, the teacher would have made sure she got the money in like she did with the others.
We stopped showing the pigs up here because you have to house them at the Ag barn and the teacher regulates the feeding. So far we have lost three pigs from the way she manages the animals. She would starve them and then they would not make weight or change feed and they would prolapse and we even had one die. I begged the teacher to stop what she was doing but what do I know, I am not a rich daddy.
Anyway that is the story. It may sound a little bitter but there it is. I take blame in all this as well. I should have asked more questions I guess.
It does not stop at just the AG barn either. In all the sports the kids play the coaches are all bought. They want to make sure the kids that have family money get special treatments no matter if they can play or not. It is sick I tell ya. It is had to blame the coaches because if they do not show favoritism then they will be out of a job the next year because these certain families control the school board, city council and all the little local clubs all over town. I tried to get in with them when I first moved up here but I was an outsider and not a lifer as they call themselves and they did not want any outside people in there little clicks.