Author Archives: Matthew Piccolo

Blended learning: integrating technology and the classroom

  Sutherland Institute has been working to promote digital learning (also called “virtual” or “online” education) as one way to improve schooling in Utah. It’s common to assume that traditional learning, typically done in a classroom, and digital learning are … Continue reading

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News roundup: Remove obese children from their homes?

  Child custody and obesity Should government take children from their parents if the children become obese? In Ohio, parents lost custody of their 8-year-old son because he weighed more than 200 pounds. The boy was placed in foster care. … Continue reading

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Government-created jobs? Pure fiction

  Jobs are a hot topic in politics these days. President Barack Obama is pushing his jobs plan; his Republican challengers are wrangling over who can create the most jobs; and Governor Gary Herbert has announced a goal to see … Continue reading

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Could Utah use glitch to evade Obamacare?

  In February 2011, John Graham of the Pacific Research Institute predicted that “Obamacare will destroy Utah’s health exchange.” A recent article in The Wall Street Journal identifies an “Obamacare glitch” that could prove Graham’s prophecy to be true, but … Continue reading

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Computer-adaptive testing: an innovative tool for teachers, students

  Remember the days of pencil-and-paper tests and Scantrons? You probably do because we’re still in those days, but a new kind of testing that could improve education in Utah by leaps and bounds may soon be coming to a … Continue reading

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Ruling on crosses is a threat to religious freedom

  The use of religious symbols on public property will remain a controversial issue. The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up a case to determine whether 13 memorials for fallen Utah Highway Patrol troopers violate the First Amendment. … Continue reading

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Tables turned: UHSAA to defend itself in court

  In the latest dispute between parents and the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA), Ronald and Susan Mika, parents of Eric Mika, are suing the UHSAA for denying Eric the opportunity to play basketball this year, even though he … Continue reading

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‘Providence moves slowly, but the devil always hurries’

  Two people – Harold and Patricia – each decide to buy a house. Harold doesn’t really need a house and doesn’t know if he can afford one, but he just wants a house, so he looks at several online, … Continue reading

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Don’t chop tax breaks for charitable contributions

  Should government continue to give people tax breaks for donating to charities? Elder Dallin H. Oaks, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, thinks so. In response to more … Continue reading

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The price of a blender and the market economy

  The other day, I stopped at a yard sale with a friend. He had spotted a blender as we drove by and wanted to take a look at it. He picked it up, pulled out the glass jar and … Continue reading

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UHSAA rule slams door on opportunities for student

  Earlier this year, we warned that the new transfer rule for student-athletes instituted by the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) would discourage student-athletes from taking advantage of open enrollment. The recent case of Conner Martinez is one example … Continue reading

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Let’s be worthy of our great Constitution

  Tomorrow is the big rivalry game between Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. But before we head out to enjoy the great spectacle of the so-called “holy war” (a misnomer, by the way), we might all pause … Continue reading

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What makes you happy? Show us and win!

  You know one thing that makes us happy? A healthy sense of humor. To celebrate the belly laughs conjured by a good comedian, we’re giving you the chance to win two fantastic tickets (14th row, middle) to see Brian … Continue reading

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Planned Parenthood: See what $152K in taxes fund each year

  Utah Representative Carl Wimmer (R-Herriman) has said he wants to stop the flow of money from the state to Planned Parenthood, which many other states have recently done. In May, The Salt Lake Tribune provided a brief sketch of … Continue reading

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Keeping Utah schools shackled via the back door

  As Congress continues to delay reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), many states, including Utah, are requesting waivers from parts of the federal law, and some states are being openly defiant about it. With all this waiver action, … Continue reading

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