Published: Sunday, March 6 2011 12:00 a.m. MST
I agree that creating jobs is the challenge of the day. Life sciences is a good
place to focus. I also believe that USTAR has been good for our state.Thanks Gov. Leavitt for your leadership.
Great opinion piece.Did you know that teachers with a degree in
Biology earn less in Utah than a teacher with a Physical Science or Chemistry
degree? Even a teacher with an "integrated science" degree (which I
can't even find as an option at a Utah university) earns more money than a
Biology major.A few year ago a bill was passed that gave a bonus to
science and math teachers. Except for some reason Biology teachers were left
out of it.Gov. Leavitt gives some great reasons why they should be
Life sciences is UofU centered, for the most part, with some spill over to USU.
What about the rest of the state and its other institutions? Yes, it is a good
start but Utah offers other exceptional areas for growth, i.e., in IT-related
areas, general aerospace technologies, etc.
Good words, but talk is cheap.Budget cuts this year gutted programs
that offered financial incentives to attract the best science teachers to our
schools.How do you achieve a high-tech economy in this state when
you can't hire and retain top-notch science teachers?If Utah is
going to have a high-tech economy, then the only way it's going to happen is if
we import the scientists and engineers from elsewhere. We seem unwilling to
invest in generating the scientifically literate workforce from our own
If only the legislature could comprehend this. They like to talk about creating
jobs but then they are trying to destroy public education. Why can't they see
that the results of cutting education defeats their own objective?
Unfortunately, the conservative objection to science in general and biological
science inhibits such necessary development. The key is money in building
infrastructure, providing the necessary tools and teachers, to have a successful
program.Expanding where there is significant disapproval of the
basic tenants of science is a difficult path. It would be unusual if the people
of Utah initiated a concerted effor to move in this direction as it would
require a massive change in thinking about science and society.
Great article. And, the state has done a great job fostering an environment for
such an industry. The state as it has been for many years is very supportive of
science. There are other industries in the state could lead. Mineral
extraction, wind and solar power production. One area it needs to find a way to
lead is in water conservation.
I hate this whining all the time about teacher pay. Teachers knew what they
would get. Problem is even with a $ 39,000 average we still don't know if
benefits are included in that or they really average more like $50,000. So it
isn't a fortune, but a lot more than my daughter makes and she has an A.B. The
best thing for an economy is get rid of the red tape and lower corporate taxes.
Ours is the world's highest. It just forces companies out of the country.
Another great article Gov Leavitt.
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