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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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Q&A: Jordan School District offering new online school

The COVID-19 pandemic shut down in-person schools and forced students into online learning for a time. While some students and families struggled under an online learning structure, some actually preferred it. Jordan School District decided to honor that by continuing an online option for all grade levels K-12.

Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ plan: What it could mean for Utah schools

The Biden administration’s “Build Back Better” infrastructure proposal is getting attention, mostly for its price tag – $2.25 trillion – but also for the broad swaths of American life that it covers.

Buzzwords and inside baseball: 8 Utah ed questions clarified

What’s the difference between curriculum and standards? What is civics education versus social studies? What is Critical Race Theory?

Key takeaways: How can standards for Utah social studies and civics education be improved?

Starting last fall, Sutherland Institute decided to review the Utah social studies standards in grades K-12 by analyzing them for how well they address five fundamental American principles and share what we’ve learned. Here are a few key takeaways.

Keeping an eye on power: checks and balances for grades 7-12

It’s no surprise that the Founders created a government that corrals and channels power to very specific actions through a system of checks and balances. This is part 16 in Sutherland’s new series that seeks to examine how Utah education standards prepare students to be active citizens.

Civics education is a hot topic – here’s how the 2021 Legislature handled it

Civics education is top of mind for many Americans. Because of the unrest of last year and this one, it’s become a new hot topic in education reform.

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.

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