Good article, Lee Benson. In a state not only rural for the most part but where
communities are separated by distances too great for charter or private schools
to be an option, interconnectedness is an imperative. The potential AND need
for technological intervention is probably no greater anywhere else in the U.S.
given Utah's perennial low per-pupil spending. One of the
things people shouldn't lose sight of, however, is the importance in the
lives and futures of our young of excellent teachers in person in their
classrooms--well trained and motivated professionals, well compensated and
supported in well equipped classrooms. I always feel sorry for those who
obviously have never experienced enough of those kinds of teachers to change
their lives in positive ways. Countries that are passing us by
in international K-12 assessments have in common a huge training and financial
commitment to instruction that dwarfs in its success rate what happens in too
many of our states, Utah a noteworthy example where tax-aversion and
short-sighted penury are annually trotted out in the guise of necessity. It
costs our children dearly.