Category Archives: Education

Utah’s education system gets ‘D’ in financial transparency

Are Utah’s public education administrators properly committed to openness and transparency regarding their stewardship over public schools and the tax dollars that pay for them? A recent analysis from the Cato Institute suggests the answer is no. The analysis graded … Continue reading

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Higher education wasted on stay-at-home mom? Hardly

A Princeton grad and stay-at-home mom has written an excellent article about the value of an Ivy League education — even if it is never used for full-time employment. Anne-Marie Maginnis writes, [W]hen a highly educated woman is home with … Continue reading

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Tempest over attendance law: It’s all about money and power

Much will be argued over Senator Aaron Osmond’s proposal to revise Utah’s compulsory attendance law, but my guess is, most people will ignore the central question: Who (or what) has final say over the education of children? Utah’s compulsory attendance … Continue reading

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Arguments against repealing compulsory education are insulting

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Periodically, our friends at Utahpolicy.com survey their readers on political issues of the day. Just this week, it ran a survey about … Continue reading

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Ditch compulsory education in Utah? Yes!

I received today, through a colleague, a letter from State Senator Aaron Osmond. The letter, which was sent to Sen. Osmond’s constituents, calls for an end to compulsory education in Utah. I concur. In 2002, Sutherland Institute produced a publication … Continue reading

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Why Common Core is not conservative

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Common Core is a way to standardize math and science education. It was devised by states not wanting to comply with No … Continue reading

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Infographic: Grading Utah’s schools

Have you heard that Utah is going to start giving grades to its public schools? This is designed to give parents and the public more information about their schools – starting this fall. Click here to see an infographic by … Continue reading

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Partisan elections would improve Utah’s state school board

Sutherland Institute is calling for a partisan election system – or a hybrid system with a significant partisan election component – for selecting state school board members. In a new paper released today, Sutherland proposes that the primary goal of … Continue reading

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How digital learning can save a student’s education

Do you want a plan to give second chances to children who struggle to learn? To empower children struck by tragedy (e.g., a major injury or illness) to continue their education? To provide advanced learners the chance to reach new … Continue reading

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Utah showing how digital learning can make public schools more cost-effective

As noted in a recent news story in The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah has begun a move away from traditional textbooks to digital textbooks (aka e-books) that is “gaining speed.” These e-books are “cheaper, more up to date and interactive,” … Continue reading

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Utah’s at the top in digital learning – let’s keep it there

As noted by the Utah Taxpayers Association and The Senate Site, Utah recently received an “A” on the 2012 Digital Learning Report Card from Digital Learning Now! As the only state in the country to do so, Utah is setting … Continue reading

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What is ‘local control’ in public education really about?

How would an authentically child-centered view of public education define “local control,” in regard to actually running a public school? Does it mean state-level control, district-level control, or school-level control? According to a new study, shifting power from the state … Continue reading

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What nobody will admit about our public schools

If you ask the typical representative of the State Board of Education or government bureaucrat at the State of Office of Education why educational achievement is not what everyone expects, you will receive one of two answers: (1) public schools … Continue reading

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Digital learning summit: How ‘blended learning’ works

Blended learning is an education strategy that combines aspects of digital learning and a more traditional school setting. It offers superb flexibility and high quality to students who use it. And it’s happening right now in Utah’s public school system. … Continue reading

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UHSAA’s tyrannical, unelected quasi-bureaucrats

When a professional athlete moves from one team to another nobody cries foul, even if the fans are disappointed about the player leaving. It’s the same thing in amateur sports. If a college athlete chooses to transfer to another school … Continue reading

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