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

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.

New study shows Americans know MORE about Constitution in 2020

Results from the survey conducted Aug. 4-9, 2020, show an uptick in Americans’ understanding of the U.S. Constitution. It appears that Americans are eager to learn, and when they are eager, large gains can be made quickly. Which is something to celebrate. Happy Constitution Day!

Considering homeschooling? Here’s what parents with experience say

To parents considering some version of homeschooling because it might be the best fit in uncertain times, but lack confidence to do so – take heart. There is encouragement and help for you if you make that choice.

Google, pandemic, and a fragile economy are accelerating changes to higher ed

Google’s Career Certificate will likely compound the forces of change already at work in higher education.

Sutherland Institute launches new series to examine how education standards prepare students to be active citizens

In a time of civil unrest, when people are scrutinizing America’s history more than ever, we should ask: Are Utah social studies standards doing their job?

Utah Teacher of the Year: Be kind to each other in dizzying new territory

While it will be tempting to critique a teacher’s inchoate distance learning plan or criticize the layout of an online lesson, remember that the vast majority of teachers, like you, are in new territory.

Give parents flexibility in use of education funding – especially now

Should Utah allow funds to follow the student rather than the school? With parent demand for school options growing rapidly and student needs becoming clearer, the answer is yes.

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