I do like to see better use of technology in schools. I'm not really
against this.However, I do wonder what class sizes would be if we
were to put $200 million to hire more teachers and build more classrooms to get
smaller class sizes.I'd rather pay more taxes for smaller
classrooms and more individualized attention first, and then worry about a
tablet for every kid.And is it accurate that in 2014 every school
doesn't already have wifi?
35 kids in a crowded classroom with 35 iPads is still 35 kids in a crowded
classroom--and lots more distractions that the lone teacher won't be able
to handle. Let's call it the Boondocks Education Bill.
AMEN TENNORHow about they just PAY teachers MORE and hire MORE
teachers. Sad how large my 1st grader's class size is. *frown*
My district has tried to bring more technology into our schools. It is a mixed
bag, and in my opinion not worth the tremendous cost. There is never enough time
or money to train the teachers in effective use of the technology, to say
nothing of the money and personnel required to keep all of those digital devices
up and running. Stuff always goes wrong. Also, the replacement costs about every
3 years are very high. The money will have to come from somewhere, and I
haven't had a raise in 7 years as a teacher. Technology doesn't
magically teach kids good reading, writing, and math skills.
We already have the highest priced education in the world.Very evil,
when a leader carelessly spends other peoples hard earned money.
So we see that education reform is frowned upon by those who should support it
most. If you want smaller class sizes and to reduce the need for more school
buildings, go to a 12-month education year. Teachers can work 12 months, just
like everyone else, and get a 33% increase for the extra productivity. While
air conditioning is expensive to retrofit existing schools, it pales in
comparison to the cost of new buildings. Those who want to see more spent out
of their own pocket for education are free to just send the money to the school
district. They'll accept it, I'm sure.
As I have tried to incorporate more technology in my classroom by allowing more
use of the students' own devices, I have had a problem of my students
secretly texting friends, parents, or others instead of doing their school work.
Two things:One: I am a fan of promoting and using
technology in the classroom but it needs to be strictly regulated by the
teacher.Two: As far as the cost goes, a great majority of my students
already have smart phones or tablets. I don't think that it would cost as
much as they are saying if we just made some available at school for those few
who don't already have access.If the money to increase the
technology comes at the expense of fewer underpaid teacher and larger class
sizes, I don't want any part of it. Without a caring, competent teacher
the technology is worthless. But of course Lockhart is looking only
to build her own portfolio as she plans to run for governor, she doesn't
have what's best for Utah students in mind.
Echoing previous comments, I think anyone who reads this proposal by Becky
Lockhart realizes that hiring more teachers to decrease class size is the
evidence-based means to improving education in Utah. I suspect that
the drifting toward wasting money on a bunch of electronic devices is a way to
spend money on education without increasing the number of government employees
(a.k.a. teachers). Why else would we be trying to spend this kind of money on
fancy gadgets when we have classrooms with 34 kids?
What will you do about kids who are naughty with the technology and are
restricted from using it for several months? I'd rather put my
money into smaller class sizes,funding reading and math specialists,and having
more computer programming classes in high schools. Its a shame that Utah is
becoming a little silicon valley but those fundamental programming skills are
not being taught in most of our schools.
Parents should bear some the financial/educational load of their children.Slowing down the free-loading, will make people much more frugal.How much funding is enough funding?Good ole America!
We're spending our way to poverty, and Barry is having a good laugh.
Many of technology's top gurus put their kids in elementary schools that
don't allow these, saying that they can learn that later. The most
important thing is a good classical education first they say.We
haven't even built enough decent-sized schools for our kids yet. Why spend
money on something that will be outdated in 3 years, when we haven't done
the basics yet?Spending on technology doesn't cover lack of
spending in more important areas. (This sounds so much like past
Governor's proposals to overhaul education, which didn't improve
things, but left a lot more things for educators to do more expensively.)
Wrong, wrong, wrong! As a teacher I will unequivocally say no, no, no! It will
get her votes, which is what she is most interested! What is it about Utah
trying to emulate the failed policies of our Federal government, which goes
something like this: If we just " invest" in education by throwing
more money at it, our students will be prepared for the future. It is a lie,
one that those in power love to throw out there! Wrong, wrong, wrong! Fail,
fail, fail! Wake up Utah! Power hungry politicians don't all reside in
In my youth, I paid for & took my own lunches to school, paid a fee for
riding the school bus, and bought my own school supplies.I mowed
lawns, did some small jobs, and spared my parents the expenses. I was a fourth
grader.I paid my way through college 100%. Education
comes from work, and motivation. Not from ambitious, high-priced education
plans.If students, and parents took a little more
responsibility,--annual increases in funding can be minimized.Motivation has transformed to dependency, and it's hurting our country.
tosmartforyou,As a teacher I would be happy to teach year round.
But you see as a teacher I don't get that option, politicians make that
decision for me. They have decided that I will only teach school 180 days. Now
I am sure you would also agree to pay for two weeks vacation a year as well as
pay me for holidays like most many employees. If you don't want to do that
I am ok with that as long as you will pay me time and half for the hours I work
behind my forty hours a week. If you can make that happen sign me up.
Schools do not raise children. In most cases, we don't judge the fitness
of parents.We need to improve society with moral values.Unfortunately, we can"t seem to define or agree on proper values.