Since 1985, Akira Yamaguchi has worked at 5 public senior high schools and prefectural education boards. He had worked as a vice principal at a high school for two years, and as a principal at two high schools for three years. He currently works at Goshogawara Agricultural and Forestry High School.
He has three pillars of his educational philosophy: (1) build an education to prepare students for their future (2) teach students to find satisfaction in creative problem solving (3) create an educational environment or a system that consistently supports students regardless of changes in faculty. He believes that the goal of high school education is not that 100 % of students enter higher education or get their dream job immediately upon High School graduation, but that the students can create a foundation to live lives full of happiness. It’s arousing student’s curiosity, inspiring them, supporting them, and flaring up their interests so they are encouraged to find the answer by themselves.
Over the years, Mr. Yamaguchi has put his philosophy to practice. First, he shows his vision and highlights the path to accomplishing his goals. Second, he communicates closely with teachers and inspires them. Third, the teachers inspire students and achieve results. Finally, these successes spread to parents and local residents, and soon the whole community becomes involved.
As GLOBALG.A.P. becomes the world’s standard, Mr. Yamaguchi is leading GAFHS to the future of world agriculture. In the future, his school will develop the educational program of GLOBALG.A.P. in conjunction with NEC, a major IT corporation in Japan, and work towards a future where anybody can receive a quality GLOBALG.A.P. education.