Teaching Genius

Presented by: Angela Baker

Genius lives in your home and mine. We recognize it, and perhaps that is why we homeschool our children. There is God-given genius in every person, and when it is developed and shared humanity is blessed. The aim of true education is the development of this genius for the purpose of serving humanity. The challenge is that the public education system teaches curriculum, not genius. It encourages conformity, comparison, and competition instead of unique genius. Most of us grew up in that system. It is what we know, so when it comes to teaching genius, we wonder how it is done. From years of personal study fueled by a lifetime passion, Angela has discovered that there is a definite process for how genius grows—that there are patterns and principles that can help us learn to teach the genius that lives in our homes.


When asked what she does, Angela Baker responds enthusiastically, “I do people!” She sees genius and beauty in every person and passionately believes that education should be about discovering and growing that genius. This life-long passion led her to seek alternative education for her children. She is an authentic, down-to-earth home educator of twenty-one years who knows the ups and downs of her “business.” Angela is the mother of seven children. She and her family live on a one-acre farm in rural Erda, Utah, where the main crop is children. Angela is a well-loved speaker whose talent for weaving stories with principles creates a memorable experience for her audiences. She is also an experienced parent coach and youth mentor.
In order to inspire youth to dig deep and engage in a rigorous scholar experience, Angela founded Erda Youth Leadership Academy. She is a mentor for Elevation—Williamsburg Academy’s outdoor high school leadership program—where she invites youth to challenge themselves by climbing rock walls and rappelling over cliffs. She is a certified relationship coach through Townsend Relationship Center. Her formal education includes a bachelor’s in family science and a master’s in education. A cherished highlight of her homeschool journey and years of motherhood is the happy hours of reading to her children. She enjoys quiet study, fiery sunsets, family dancing in the kitchen, climbing mountains and rock walls, and refreshing moments of just sitting.

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