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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

Education choice continues to flower in Utah

Utah’s virtual school programs are serving thousands of students and their families in ways that traditional, in-person school never could.

Data on trust suggest a need to restore the civic mission of public schools

As civics and history education have fallen down the priority list of subjects taught in public schools – deprioritizing the civic mission that was a primary purpose for creating a system of public education – public trust in public schools has declined.

Virtual high schools’ success highlights value of ed choice

A Salt Lake Tribune story about the success of a virtual high school highlights the importance of policies that ensure every student has access to a robust set of education options.

Insights into civics education from UVU’s ‘State of Civics’ report

Educators’ survey responses point out the need to emphasize civics in elementary grades, improve civics standards, and increase resources for civics teachers.

State School Board District 4 primary debate – June 8

Republican primary candidates for Utah State Board of Education District 4 will debate next Wednesday, June 8, via YouTube.

Scholars scrutinize civics and history in Utah’s higher ed institutions

Constructive criticism is part of the spirit of higher learning – and an opportunity for higher education institutions to confirm or rebuild (as the case may be) the public’s trust in them.

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.

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