Really???,How does this article, "add more weight to the theory
that our legislature wants to keep a certain segment of our communities from
having better educational opportunities"??? I don't see
anything in the article that says that... I guess you see what you WANT to see.
@2 Bits"During the last legislative session, Sen. Aaron Osmond,
R-South Jordan, sponsored a bill that would have provided this type of early
education without costing the state. The bill would have gotten willing private
investors to invest $10 million in preschool programs. The state then would have
repaid the money only if the program could demonstrate long-term success.The effort failed, but it demonstrated exactly the type of innovation
that will be needed to improve education within the constraints of limited
Really???8:48How does this article, "add more weight to
the theory that our legislature wants to keep a certain segment of our
communities from having better educational opportunities"???I
thought it said we were going pretty good!
Here is the innovative education solution: get our children out of elementary
classes of 30 or more and secondary classes of 40 or more. Reduce class size
and teachers can go from managers to actual educators and that will solve a lot
of things right there.
Children do not need more time in institutions. They need more time with
parents. The key to ending poverty is through the parents. We need to develop
programs that teach the parents how to care for and educate their children. When
I worked with low-income children, I quickly saw I could not really change their
lives. Once they were out of my reach, their lives stopped changing. Studies
show that the gains made in these preschools disappear when they go to regular
schools. Their progress always depends on how good their teacher is that year.
If we educate the parents--teach them literacy and parenting and show them how
to have an education-rich home, the children won't be dependent on outside
influences. The parents will get better jobs and the children will have good
lives before they grow up--not after.
This adds more weight to the theory that our legislature wants to keep a certain
segment of our communities from having better educational opportunities. I am
disappointed once again in our elected officials. It's time for sweeping
change. Let's get rid of them all and start fresh with people who care
about our children's futures.