Brigadier General Ben Robinson Praises Teachers

Teachers Give Kids the Chance to Improve Their Lives, Teach Kids to Understand American Society and Train them to be Valuable Workers.

When you think about that, it’s about having quality of life, having the opportunity to understand what a great country this is and how you participate in it. And finally, to be able to do a good job for someone who is paying you.

General Robinson say’s today’s students need four important skill sets:

·         Knowledge-based skills drawn from their formal education

·         Technical Skills

·         Soft Skills (employability skills)

·         Opportunity Skills (knowledge of personal finance and appreciation of arts and culture)

 Students are willing to take challenging classes if they are properly motivated, but motivation requires relevance. And so-called relevant classes must include paths to possible careers.

Remember, you educate for quality of life, quality of opportunity and workforce. So why not have industry members come and speak to you about careers? Because what it does is it creates relevance, and relevance creates opportunity or the opportunity for rigor. And rigor gives you the opportunity to have advanced degrees and build a great America.

Today’s students will make up America’s workforce in the future, retired Brig. Gen. Ben Robinson told Ada City Schools teachers.

“All those people that we will need someday to work in plants to build America are in your classroom,” he said. “We in industry cannot ignore the value that you are to our future. Can’t ignore it.”

Robinson was the keynote speaker for Ada City Schools’ back-to-school event for teachers, which took place Friday morning at the Ada Cougar Activity Center. Teachers will return to their classrooms today to begin a new school year.

Robinson grew up in Clovis, New Mexico, where he was an average student. He graduated from high school and attended Eastern New Mexico University but flunked out after three and a half years.

But he said Friday that flunking out was the best thing that ever happened to him because it prompted him to join the U.S. Army, where he had a chance to learn to fly a helicopter.

“I’m thinking, ‘Wow, 1968. The war in Vietnam’s going to be over any day now. I have got it made,’” he said. “I’m still thinking that on my second tour.”

Robinson spent 34 years in the Army, then went back to school at Eastern New Mexico. He made the dean’s list and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management, then went on to earn a master’s degree in industrial management at Central Michigan University.

He later held a fellowship in international relations at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After leaving the Army, Robinson went to work for Boeing Co. for seven years. He is currently the owner and president of Sentry One, a consulting firm for the aerospace industry.

Robinson also founded the Oklahoma Educators and Industry Partnership, a training program for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teachers. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Waco, Texas-based Center for Occupational Research and Development.