Dirk Baer is retiring from the Duneland Schools. He was totally committed to excellence. He deserves our profound gratitude and best wishes.
Where do the Duneland schools go now? As a longtime educator, I see three special needs in any quality schools today.
1. Quality education for each student. Each student must emerge from the classroom as a leader if the community is to achieve its greatest potential.
2. Maximum freedom and responsibility for teachers to develop personal excellence. The best school is produced not because of a controlling administrator but because an administrator builds personal teaching power within the team.
3. Maximum involvement of the total community in the school community and the schools in the total community. The quality of schools and community are directly related and dependent on one another.
Good schools do not just happen in a community. They are a direct result of a cooperative school/community venture.
- Daniel Keilman, Chesterton