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.

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

Sutherland Institute statement on Critical Race Theory

Sutherland Institute submitted the following statement to Gov. Spencer J. Cox in response to calls for a ban on Critical Race Theory.

Utah requires character and civics ed in an integrated curriculum – do our schools comply?

Good civics education policy already exists in the law. Let’s look locally to determine how well our schools are teaching what is required of them by law.

SUU offers most affordable public university degree in the nation

Free college and debt cancellation – ultimately paid for by taxpayers – is the wrong approach to America’s student loan problem. Instead, we should reduce student loan debt by encouraging innovation in higher education that lowers college costs upfront.

Biden’s first 100 days: education reforms proposed

Biden has wasted no time using the bully pulpit to call for reform during his first days in office. Of course, many of those reforms will take consensus from multiple branches and different levels of government in order to pan out. It remains to be seen whether the American people are willing to go in the direction that Biden wants to lead them.

The U.S. is losing its civics education — here’s how to turn it around

We can no longer avoid this harsh truth: Despite the high value we place on education, we have allowed an atrophy to occur. We have ignored the gradual reduction of history and civics and accepted the erosion of content and context — and consequently, truth that enables leadership. This lack of accurate information leaves current and future generations unacceptably vulnerable to misinformation and disinformation.

Give your input on Biden’s proposed rule for history education grants by May 19

The background section of the rule explains that a major focus of this federal effort is addressing racism in America, which according to statements from the Biden administration is likely part of “an ambitious whole-of-government equity agenda.”

Q&A with David Bobb from Bill of Rights Institute

“Civics education has become as polarized as the nation. Progressives have one version, and conservatives have another. This is a big problem because sound history should tell our common story, and civics should help us chart our common future,” says David Bobb, president of the Bill of Rights Institute.

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?

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