Category Archives: Education

Arguments against repealing compulsory education are insulting

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Ditch compulsory education in Utah? Yes!

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Why Common Core is not conservative

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Infographic: Grading Utah’s schools

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Partisan elections would improve Utah’s state school board

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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How digital learning can save a student’s education

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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What nobody will admit about our public schools

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Digital learning summit: How ‘blended learning’ works

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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UHSAA’s tyrannical, unelected quasi-bureaucrats

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Put children first: Don’t hide classroom-level data from public

Tweet Suppose you are king of Utah for a day. Your education adviser asks you whether you think it is a good idea to make information on the performance of each classroom of public school students publicly available. He explains … Continue reading

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Evaluating (and paying) teachers more effectively

Tweet The Deseret News recently published an article discussing how educators and education researchers are investigating new ways to evaluate the effectiveness of school teachers. Those ways include: (1) rigorous classroom observation, based on specific teaching behaviors associated with student … Continue reading

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Interim Day: Grim impact of fed spending cuts on schoolchildren

Tweet At the Education Interim Committee on Capitol Hill this week, the committee heard a presentation about the potential impact of the pending federal sequestration policy on Utah’s public school and higher education systems. The sequestration policy would be enacted … Continue reading

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