Published: Sunday, Sept. 16 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Doesn't help that the federal government has taken away much of Utah's
Doing more with less when you can afford to do more and better is not a virtue.
Utah will see its test scores rise when it's student population decides to
take their education more seriously. A stereotypical statement but true. One
third of Utah students takes school seriously. One third takes school
semi-seriously. One third could care less.
EJM, is that different than the rest of the nation? Most kids
don't see the value of education. But we as a nation will see just how
expensive it can be to not have a well educated generation, if we don't
continue to invest, and research how to invest smartly, in our kids'
Utah's students will excell when Utah's parents get actively invovled
in their education. the degree to which a parent cares about their
children's educational performance, is the same degree to which the student
will care.We could triple our education budget and it wouldn't make a
bit of difference until parents get turned on to their student's education.
Anyone who would argue against more investment in Utah's schools, has
likely spent little time in the classrooms of their communities. More funding
means a much better teacher-to-student ratio. It means more aides in every
school. The actual number of students per classroom is actually much worse than
reported. The secondary school in my neighborhood, has 40+ students in most
classrooms. This is not beneficial for kids. Higher more educators means more
time and attention for each student. It's pathetic that teachers have to
literally ask for donations just to be able to afford basic supplies. Frugality, yes. Stupidity, no thank you. Teachers are doing a great job, but
they need more help from the legislature.
SMFC, I agree. It's interesting that people want choice for themselves but
accountability for others. Parents should be accountable for their child getting
homework, projects, and basic learning done in a timely matter. Teachers
can't be the only one struggling to keep the ship afloat in the schools.
Parents must be positively involved. This means standing with the teacher and
not against him/her. The child needs to be taught that if they slack, there are
negative consequences that mommy and daddy are going to help enforce, not shield
them from. One more note to some parents. No matter what you want to
believe, your child is capable of being the bad kid. Deal with it like a parent.
You'll thank me later.
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