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Education

Human beings are magnificent. We were born with a God-given ability to learn and the capacity to grow. As Aristotle put it, “All men by nature desire to know.” Education is broader than any one school system. It’s a series of opportunities to learn, which should be delivered in ways that allow us to meet the unique needs of children. The growing diversity of our student population requires an equitable education for every child, which contemplates both productive citizenship and employment and which is delivered by the best teachers – whoever they are.

This vision for education requires humility and the pursuit of good ideas – wherever they come from. We can achieve this by empowering parents to create learning paths as unique as the student, rejecting approaches that undermine decision-making authority of those closest to the student, respecting taxpayers as owners of the public education system, and protecting the marketplace of options and the innovators who contribute to it. Education is necessary because each individual has the potential to accomplish great things. Education should reflect these truths, and we believe it can.

Policy

Education

Human beings are magnificent. We were born with a God-given ability to learn and the capacity to grow. As Aristotle put it, “All men by nature desire to know.” Education is broader than any one school system. It’s a series of opportunities to learn, which should be delivered in ways that allow us to meet the unique needs of children. The growing diversity of our student population requires an equitable education for every child, which contemplates both productive citizenship and employment and which is delivered by the best teachers – whoever they are.

This vision for education requires humility and the pursuit of good ideas – wherever they come from. We can achieve this by empowering parents to create learning paths as unique as the student, rejecting approaches that undermine decision-making authority of those closest to the student, respecting taxpayers as owners of the public education system, and protecting the marketplace of options and the innovators who contribute to it. Education is necessary because each individual has the potential to accomplish great things. Education should reflect these truths, and we believe it can.

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Research & Insights

Polls suggest parents, teachers should influence curriculum

Those polled seem to agree that curriculum decisions should be influenced most by people closest to schools and students rather than by those in state and national capitals.

Voters’ civic duty during primary season

As a voter, what could be more important than influencing who governs the public schools? So find out when your state school candidates are debating – and tune in via YouTube.

Utah State Board of Education candidate debates

Several seats on the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) will be on the ballot in 2022. To help voters in the respective USBE districts become better acquainted with the candidates, a series of debates will be conducted live via YouTube.

On matters of education choice, 2022 is not 2007

We can prioritize principles, emphasize evidence, and make the debate about how best to meet the learning needs of each child in a diverse and diversifying body of students.

The civics of curriculum transparency

Curriculum transparency policy should be a balance of fulfilling the Legislature’s constitutional duty in public education and respecting the principle of local control in education.

Testimony in support of SB 114 1st Substitute – Public School Curriculum Requirements

Sound curriculum transparency legislation will further unify parents and teachers in their desires and commitments to improve the learning experience and outcomes of students.

The key to evaluating curriculum transparency legislation

The parent-teacher partnership is the place where the desires and interests of two institutions meet: the family and public education. Public policy should respect both institutions.

2022 brings opportunity to renew the parent-teacher partnership

We have a chance to make 2022 the year that Utah showed its determination, for the sake of students, to rise above the current political temptation to polarize every issue – and instead renew the parent-teacher partnership.

New teacher guidelines would strengthen their standing

Lawmakers should be commended for bringing forward proposals to support the parent-teacher partnership through increased curriculum transparency.

Sutherland Institute statement in support of improved curriculum transparency

Presented before the Education Interim Committee by Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute vice president of government affairs: We appreciate Senator Lincoln Fillmore’s and the committee’s efforts to address this important matter of curriculum transparency. … The proposed legislation admirably strengthens the parent-teacher partnership.

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