This is the United States of America.I love it when people from Utah
think people have always and will always live in Utah.I remeber 43
years ago moving from California to Utah.The teaching standards were
so differnet, it wasted 2 years in English, and 3 years in Math
before I learned anything new or different.BYU was called Bo-Diddly
Tech on National TV for a very good reason.Standardizing is the only
way to compare Apples to Apples.
Final Point: It probably is of equal concern where the nation ranks vs. the rest
of the world on a common standard. Exxon Mobil has been running a commercial for
some time that encourages the nation to be serious about the growing math and
science gap between the USA and the rest of the world. They say we rank 18th
behind some pretty small time competition. This is one survey that has nothing
to do with energy and hence I believe it has credibility.
We don't want the feds to impose standards or to even freely adopt a
national standard. But without such a standard we don't really know how
each state is doing. It is the classic battle of home rule vs. a national
It's true, there should be a standard, and comparing apples to oranges
doesn't work. However, Utah isn't #1, either.
Good comments that we need a national standard, however does it sit well with
anyone that Utah be ranked 33rd regardless of the standard? Also why do we keep
getting blowback in the legislature over Utah accepting the national common core
curriculum? The same argument applies on that controversy: how can we measure if
we only use our own standard?