The author of this opinion piece, Trent E. Kaufman, must surely know that it is
the national education system that is broken. Trying to blame the states for
the failures of our federal government is like trying to blame Mitt Romney for
Obama's failure in the first presidential debate.The bast, most
cost effective way to improve education is to take it away from the federal
government and place it back in the hands of the states where people with some
minimal amount of common sense can manage it ..... correctly.
No Child Left Behind ..... a concept where you dumb down those who want to learn
while waiting for those who don't to catch up.
I am a parent now, but I grew up in Davis County years ago. When my kids were in
junior high I became aware how much education has gone downhill since I went to
school. Specifically geometry and physics education. Geometry used to be about
reasoning and problem solving, i.e. proofs, by the time my oldest was taking
geometry about 5 years ago, it had become about memorizing facts. Theorms were
no longer proved by students but memorized.Again when my oldest was
taking physics, I became found the physics teacher was just handing them
formulas to use for specific situations, where the students would plug in the
numbers and get the right answers. When I took physics in the same high school
years earlier, we used to derive the formulas not memorize them and then have to
be told where to plug the numbers in.I informed the Davis School
board and administration of this, they were oh so polite, but wouldn't
commit to fix anything and so far they haven't. I wrote a bill which could
have fixed this, it was passed by the Utah Senate but rejected by the house.Utah education needs vouchers.
An excellent letter that asks a very important question.But
remember, it is the stated goal of Utah's GOP to eliminate public education
in favor of some sort of privatized scheme.For the first time in my
life, I will vote a straight ticket in a few days. And it won't be for
those with a big R beside their names.
Re: one old man Ogden, UT"For the first time in my life, I will vote a
straight ticket in a few days."There are two excellent
democratic candidates in my voting district that deserve, and will get, my vote.
On the national level you might find it interesting to see who the Vegas
oddsmakers are putting their money on for victory in November.
Are those the same Vegas oddsmakers who are trying to buy the Presidency for
The facts about 5th graders may be correct, but is there any evidence that as
soon as Herbert took office grade school children stopped achieving? Simplistic
misrepresentations of isolated facts are not the basis for deciding on
Re: one old man Ogden, UT"Are those the same Vegas oddsmakers who are
trying to buy the Presidency for Mitt?"No, those are the people
who make their living betting on the odds ... and winning.
Always remember...One of the numerous "Mitt Romney's" said,
not too long ago. "This country has enough teachers, policemen, and
fireman".He did not specify if that was math and science teachers.Problem is....which Romney will be "there" if elected.
Well, Rifle, if they do manage to win, we can all sleep easy because ALL of
America's challenges will go away within 90 days.Right?
Republican plan to save money in education is simple (like most of their
answers) a single black book to teach english, math, history, and mystic
sciences minus biology of course that's dirty.Mitt has coupon
for you to go to school, and you don't need be to smart since no college
unless you gots cash plan.
Blaming education woes on one person is simplistic. Yes, education needs an
overhaul. No, vouchers won't solve the problem for everyone. They only
solve the problem for the wealthy and those with a parent who can drive students
to a "better" school. Vouchers further separate the classes. I do
suggest that if a child, in any grade, cannot pass that years curriculum, he/she
should be held back to repeat that grade. Then the pressure is put back on the
child and his/her parents. No child left behind was never funded like it was
intended. Where is the parental responsibility? Where is the district
responsibility to raise test scores? What is the child's responsibility?
And do not compare us with other nations. It is like comparing apples to bread.