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Pyrrhic victories and Potemkin villages

A Pyrrhic victory is a victory that inflicts such a toll on the victor that it amounts to defeat. The expression alludes to King Pyrrhus, who achieved a stunning defeat of the Romans in 279 B.C. but lost all of his best officers and many of his troops. After the battle King Pyrrhus declared, “Another such victory and we are lost.” Far too many, across the political spectrum, are pursuing Pyrrhic victories for their chosen cause while leaving a wake of division […]

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Parents, public can speak up during comment period on school standards

Sutherland Institute believes it is crucial for the public to get involved in education policy, especially parents. It directly affects your students, and it affects us all. Early August marked the deadline for the 90-day public comment period on the Utah Secondary Social Studies Standards. I recently attended a Utah State Board of Education Standards […]

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Sutherland statement on federal judge’s transgender bathroom ruling

Sweeping edicts from Washington polarize public opinion, force a one-size-fits-all approach, and prevent the kind of dialogue that enables local school districts to meet the needs of their individual students. Sutherland Institute welcomes the news that a federal judge in Texas has given the states a reprieve from the overreaching government mandate that schools give […]

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Can we agree not to deprive people of their livelihoods?

Livelihood is an unusual word. It means, essentially, having the resources and ability to provide for one’s own needs. To lose your livelihood means that you cannot support yourself. This happens when someone loses the business they’ve run or can no longer pursue a vocation or profession. It is, of course, a great misfortune. The […]

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The uncounted things that count the most

As summer wanes and the pressure-filled flurry of fall activities awaits, it is worth taking a moment today to exhale and evaluate. It is so easy in our fast-paced, get-it-done, get-ahead-now world to lose sight of what matters most. Albert Einstein wisely observed, “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts […]

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Latest Bears Ears poll transmits a false sense of security

Last week, The Salt Lake Tribune reported that a new Pew Charitable Trusts poll shows a slight majority of Utahns supports President Barack Obama in unilaterally designating the Bears Ears region as a national monument. The wording of the poll, however, is questionable. Benenson Strategy Group (BSG), contracted by Pew to conduct the poll, asked […]

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State board stays strong on new route to teacher licensing

This morning the State Board of Education voted unanimously in favor of making effective the new route to teacher licensure—called Academic Pathway to Teaching (APT) Level 1 License. Sutherland Institute commends the board’s work on this issue. APT has drawn a lot of praise and criticism since it was first adopted in June. The rule […]

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Keep focus on students in teacher licensing debate

This article first appeared in Deseret News on August 11, 2016. While there are fair arguments on both sides of most education issues, certain arguments against the State Board of Education’s new licensing rule — called Academic Pathway to Teaching Level 1 License, or APT — should concern those who support public education. In both tone […]

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In new video, San Juan County children express hopes, dreams in face of possible Bears Ears national monument designation

In a new video released today (Facebook video/YouTube video), San Juan County children express their hopes and dreams for the future in the face of a possible national monument designation by President Barack Obama. The move would further restrict access to 1.9 million acres of what is largely multiple-use BLM and U.S. Forest Service land […]

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Apples and government

Many Washington politicians have convinced themselves that they have the wisdom, power and authority to solve every problem the citizens of America could ever encounter. Sadly, this leads to bigger government, bloated bureaucracies, budget deficits and ballooning national debt. Worse still, it leads us as citizens to look to Washington for the solutions to our […]