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Published: Thursday, Feb. 16 2012 3:00 p.m. MST

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Syracuse, UT

Why not have the Legislature write all the curriculum for our schools? That's what they want to do and have been trying to do anyway. It's hypocritical how hard our lawmakers fight the federal government for state rights, but then they turn right around and take rights away from local municipalities and school districts.

Kearns, UT

I don't have a problem with students reciting the pledge- but daily? Why? What's the point? That doesn't teach patriotism. It simply forces children into rote recitation that, after a time, simply becomes words they are being forced to say. It loses meaning. It seems that this is just another message bill with little substance.

Courses on capitalism? How about we instruct students on things like reading, spelling, comprehension, math skills, etc. that would eventually benefit them in a capitalistic society? If you don't grasp the basics first, then courses about business aren't really going to matter much. As to the argument that the "next Steve Jobs" my be in the classroom- I really doubt Steve was given courses on capitalism. What this really seems to be is another message bill- anything but capitalism (e.g. socialism) is bad.

Can we stop with the meaningless message bills and enact legislation that is needed, or even better, don't legislate at all, unless absolutely warranted?

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Real life teaches capitalism. Those with wealth and ownership make money grow with minimal effort while those who are poor do all the work.

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