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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 pluralism: The state of private schools

Private schools likely saw an uptick in enrollment during the pandemic because they offered a genuinely different option to families who were worried about the effects of remote schooling.

Education pluralism: The state of career and technical education

To win the working-class vote, candidates from any party would do well to take a closer look at supporting career and technical education (CTE) – the pipeline to many occupations.

Students need education pluralism

Education pluralism is a policy environment that supports high-quality schools as varied as the people, values, needs and philosophies that exist in society, and it ensures that students have reasonable access to that variety of options.

Pandemic slide in test scores shows why we need multiple approaches to education

The variety of school options for students ought to reflect the pluralistic society we live in, where students have unique learning needs and differing family dynamics.

Expanding the scope of Sutherland Institute’s education policy research

What would Utah education look like if state and local public policy fully embraced the full diversity of school options?

Utah State Board of Education candidates general-election debates continue

To help voters in the respective USBE districts become better acquainted with the individuals seeking to serve in these important roles, three more debates will be conducted next week, live via YouTube, and one as a hybrid in-person/virtual event.

Educators recognize the need to prioritize civics education

Two recent reports back up what Sutherland found in a 2021 survey: Improving civics education in Utah means placing greater emphasis on civics in school curriculum and instruction.

Owens: The role of parents in education

In the United States, the legal protection of parental rights has been closely linked to the educational context, as illustrated in three major Supreme Court cases.

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.

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