Christopher Baker

Leader.  Speaker. consultant.

Education is the very foundation of all that we are. Our very lives and our lifestyles reflect our knowledge base. It can be the very difference between life and death, wealth and poverty, and health and sickness. We as educators, have an obligation to instill the importance of education into the lives of all we touch.  Many research based methods have proven that all learners can be reached. It’s the art of discovering which methods work with which class and which child. Each student is an individual. Each student learns at different rates, having different backgrounds affecting their knowledge base, and should, therefore be instructed in such a manner.  I have used many of these methods and strategies in the classroom; I have seen them work. 

I believe that all students should be held to the same academic standards. By holding every student to the same academic standards; a higher success rate is bound to occur, but we need to become better at identifying individual needs. Thus, support programs can aid students in meeting their highest potential.  

Not only do we need to teach our core areas, we need to teach young minds how to interact in society—how to become productive citizens.  Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders; you never know if the child you are teaching could be the next President or the scientist that will find a cure for your cancer.  

Lastly, and most importantly, it is imperative that we find a way to get parents more involved.  While many parents do a wonderful job at supporting their children, there are so many children without much, if any parental support when it applies to their education.  Parents are the most important teacher in a child's life; they are the constant throughout their educational career. Society has to find ways to get parents involved with teaching their own children and if they don't, they need to be held accountable for their negligence. 

Teaching a child is the responsibility of a team: the child, the parent, the teacher, the school and society.