Published: Saturday, Feb. 23 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
In my opinion kids need to count higher than 0, 1. rely on a computer or a
calculator. I think tat electricity, plumbing, mechanics, carpenters ect. ect.
ect. Everything that you can do your self saves money. The less money you have
to spend is the more money you have the more money you have is the less time you
have to be at work the more time you can go fishing, or do what you love.
"The problem with education is a structural one"I disagree.
Furthermore, Mr. Florez's advice is too vague to be useful.I'm not sure of Mr. Florez's qualifications re this subject, but I
have actually raised three children in this age (my oldest was born in 1985).
One is a mechanical engineer, one has a Masters in IT Mgmt (from the Marriott
School) and the third will be graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in
electrical engineering/computer science. Imagination, innovation,
creativity, and the desire to learn are the timeless keys to success. These
traits are developed and nurtured through parenting and by having great
teachers. A few great teachers along the way (along with a family culture
stressing the value of education) lit the fires under my children and made them
intellectually hungry and successful. Money is essential in
attracting and retaining the best and brightest to the teaching profession. So
is culture. Utah, with its homogenous population and culture, should lead the
world (not just the country) in education. But it does not because the LDS
culture does not really value intellectual achievement. School funding and what
happens at school is secondary in importance in Utah.
Okay Mr. Florez, now could you tell us where the money is going to come from? I
mean a good share of Utah's secondary teachers have 35, 40 or more students
in their classrooms and you are talking about getting students ready for the
digital age. Well, the students are I suppose on their own as the teacher tries
to manage his/her classroom and the students non-stop text. Maybe that's
what you were meaning...
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