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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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Hot-button issue of equality in 7-12 standards

Equality remains a hot-button issue in America today. Students are hearing about and navigating the topic of equality now more than ever before. Are they equipped? The public school system is constantly updating its standards with the hope of helping students do just that. This is part 15 in Sutherland’s new series that seeks to examine how Utah education standards prepare students to be active citizens.

Do education standards help students’ media literacy?

Free discussion is key to a functioning republic. And free discussion is often enabled and disseminated through media, so long as freedom of the press is alive and well.

‘Public schools are not religion-free zones’

Being truly educated means students understand one of the most powerful forces in the world: religion. This is part 13 in Sutherland’s new series that seeks to examine how Utah education standards prepare students to be active citizens.

Civics lessons from Black Americans: Ida B. Wells and Frederick Douglass

Ida B. Wells and Frederick Douglass represent just two of the countless Black Americans who we can learn from as we tackle today’s urgent political and policy problems.

Cox’s education adviser says new tech partly to blame for uncivil civic conversations

The year 2021 brought with it a new governor and administration, including Cummins, a former member of the Utah State Board of Education.

JEC panel headed by Sen. Lee says school closures have harmed students…here’s how

The report seeks to discuss the results of school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic against the risks of spreading the COVID-19 infection if schools were to open up again.

Cancel culture points to big question: Are students learning about freedom of speech?

As U.S. senators and Star Wars and Avengers actors have found out, the cultural phenomenon called “cancel culture” continues to insert itself into many parts of society.

Sutherland Institute supports HCR 15 – Emphasizing the Importance of Civics Education – in committee

The major events of the last year – an ongoing pandemic, public health lockdowns, riots in major American cities over racial injustice, and a violent attempt to overturn the results of a presidential election – have illuminated the need for an improved and shared understanding among the public of the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship and how our system of government works.

3 civics lessons from Abraham Lincoln

In some ways, Lincoln’s era in American history is not so unlike ours. While America may not be experiencing anything like a civil war, we are certainly experiencing a civics crisis.

Teaching checks and balances in grades 7-12

Understanding this concept is crucial to understanding America’s form of government, and it’s something high school graduates need to learn in order to protect and participate in our republic. This is part 11 in Sutherland’s new series that seeks to examine how Utah education standards prepare students to be active citizens.

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