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If we want an education system that cultivates innovation, then we must create a culture where teachers are encouraged to be innovative and free to excite their students to be constant learners.
Much attention has been given of late to STEM education — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The value of a liberal arts education is that it teaches you how to write (which makes you think...
In 2012, the Utah Legislature launched a new war on chronic poverty and is making the same mistakes as the nation’s war on poverty from 1964. Those who should be in charge of making changes are not yet on...
It’s time we had leaders who understand how our world is changing exponentially and make strengthening Utah families a state priority, just as it has to the economic strength of our state.
Utah lawmakers have mastered the art of punting. For two years, they punted on health care for poor families and are still punting. The latest punt was not deciding on the selection of the state school board ca...
Making sure our public policies reflect our values requires our collective conscience. For in the end what’s at stake is the heart and soul of our society.
The late former Salt Lake City Mayor Deedee Corradini showed us great things can get done by leaders who lead with values learned early in life and by putting community and public service over self.
By not passing Healthy Utah, state lawmakers leave compassion at the door ands millions of tax dollars in Washington. Meanwhile, Utah taxpayers may end up paying hundreds of millions of dollars to move the pris...
What state lawmakers fail to see is they are the ones who created Utah's public education system as it exists today — without a vision and in chaos. They broke it, they own it.
The Utah Legislature is considering dumping a $6.5 million annual student assessment without in-depth assessment. Rather, lawmakers should stop and ask what the purpose of testing is, who should be tested and h...