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

Why I am grateful for history education: context, identity and liberty

Civics education, with its emphasis on mechanisms and procedures, means little if people do not understand how its creators came to the conclusions that a government needed checks and balance, for instance, or ought to avoid a king.

Education trends: To 2021 and beyond

Year 2020 disrupted many things, including education. What is the future of education in 2021 and beyond? Ian Rowe, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, spoke about some of today’s most timely education issues at a Sutherland Institute event. Here are three important takeaways from his remarks.

Teaching checks and balances in grades K-6

For this fifth review, we are looking at how well standards teach the concept of checks and balances among the branches of federal government, and between state/local and federal governments (federalism).

Transcript: Ian Rowe on remote learning and civic education

“We need to focus on things like developing personal agency, understanding a sense of responsibility, strong academic backgrounds. Those are the things that allow people to prosper and propel their lives forward, not, you know, making yourself feel better by reducing expectations or reducing standards.”

Teaching ‘equality before the law’ 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 fourth review, we are looking at how well standards teach the concept of “equality before the law.”

Elections have consequences: Education policy under a Biden administration

Even though education wasn’t a focal point in many debates, Biden’s election will mean education policy changes. What does education in the United States look like under a Biden administration?

3 education issues for newly elected officials to focus on

Now that Election Day has come and gone let’s turn our attention to the important education issues that our policymakers-to-be ought to focus on

Teaching freedom of the press and media literacy in grades K-6

Equipping students to understand the skills and rights associated with this freedom is key for the next generation to promulgate the republic.

The quality of our future depends upon understanding our past

It is time to prioritize the teaching of complete, accurate and sequential history and civics. It is time to make civics education the new STEM education movement.

Religious Liberty, Civics and the Public Classroom

“As students properly understand the relationship between the First Amendment’s religion clauses and the public school, they will understand the proper relationship for religion in the American public square as they become adults.”

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