Also, lest we get too proud of our achievements, remember what we're being
compared to. When you see so many states so badly mismanaged like CA, it's
not like it's a shining endorsement of our own capabilities in management
to say that we're doing it better. We still have a long way to go in
"Good is the enemy of great!".
Madden,I can't think of a single REAL educational reform that
can be implemented without increasing spending. A large number of great ideas in
education hit a brick wall BECAUSE of Utah's lack of education funding.
Utah does okay with state management, but the real reason Utah is fine and will
be fine for a long time is that we have a young demographic that is much more in
line with a growing, prosperous country. The US, Europe and most other first
world countries are built on systems of payment that are essentially Ponzi
schemes, spending money today assuming the rising generation will pay it back.
That works when the population base grows, but not when it slows or drops, as it
is now doing in the US and Europe. Utahns have more kids and that growth covers
up a lot of systemic problems.(And yes, Doug, it means we spend less
per pupil on education, but I'm tired of hearing arguments on that front
alone...at some point, it isn't the spending that matters, it is the
outcomes, and too many people think giving the government more money will
magically solve issue, when it won't. Our approach to education is outdated
and inefficient. Luckily, many parents here make up the difference, which is why
Utah can spend less and get more, though there is plenty of room for
I agree 100%. I get really tired of hearing about the state's rankings
over, and over, and over again from the governor and other politicians. Utah is
doing great overall as a state, but we can improve so much more. Even if the state were #1 in every imaginable category...who cares? We want to
be the best we can be regardless of what other states are doing -- don't
measure your success based on the failings of others.
A great insight from ssomeone who has worked in the midst of things for over 30
years.Utah needs help with education!Are there any plans
besides to factor in fiscal restraint, pay teachers less and increase the size
of the classroom thus wringing every last bit out of the education dollars
spent.At the same time the students are presented with less of an
education, the scores in math and science pale against those of other countries,
and yet Utah continues to excel at mediocrity in these subjects.So
Utah has figured a way to help the students compete in the world......allow the
teachers to pack guns at school.We are the example follow us.