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

Remember: Debate season includes state school board race

It’s election season, which means it is time for debates. The past two weeks we’ve seen candidates square off at all levels – presidential, gubernatorial, and vice presidential. But did you know about the debates for the Utah State Board of Education?

Teaching freedom of speech and a pluralistic society in grades K-6

Sutherland Institute is seeking to understand how well Utah’s current social studies standards help students fulfill their duties in civil society and government. For this first review, we are specifically looking at freedom of speech.

Q&A: ‘Our blended program naturally allowed for ebb and flow of closures’

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, public charter schools like Canyon Grove Academy may soon become the norm for public schooling: creative and flexible, with individualized offerings that allow the creation of a school day as unique as the family and student.

Education choice is on the rise – here’s how legislators can respond

More families are choosing charter schools, online schools, pandemic pods, or offerings through public private partnerships that give flexibility. The Legislature can respond by offering professional development for online teaching, creating education savings accounts, or providing more resources for homeschoolers at the state level.

Q&A: ‘Crisis roiling America … is a civic problem’

“We are encouraging parents to become informed, get involved and take leadership roles. We are working to ensure that parents know their options for obtaining school curricula. And we are working with local organizations to provide practical tools to engage with elected officials, teachers and parents.”

Gubernatorial debate hits on several education issues

Candidates tackled topics including the coronavirus pandemic, projected growth in the state, job loss, and plenty about education.

Surge in controversies over U.S. history is an opening for Utah ed policy

National attention on the state of civics and history knowledge is surging – and it can help states improve civics and history education.

Q&A: Teach unbiased American history by using founding documents

“We have a crisis in civic education that can no longer be ignored….It is really a crisis of understanding and devotion. Too many young people do not understand the principles of our Founding or see America’s history as the story of our struggle to live up to those principles of freedom.”

Q&A: AEI study shows how schools’ focus influences family life

Adults who attended Protestant schools are twice as likely to be in stable marriages, compared with adults who attended public schools, and 50% less likely to have a child outside of marriage. Why?

Utah State School Board candidates to debate

These debates give candidates running for the Utah State Board of Education time to discuss their stances on important issues, and for voters to meet, learn more about the individual candidates, and ask questions that matter to them.

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