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Published: Tuesday, April 1 2014 11:36 a.m. MDT

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rawlshea1
salt lake city, UT

Education comes from the Latin term "educere" which means to lead oneself. If one believes machines can lead then 1984 is well rooted. I fail to understand how a leading voice of the Utah community seriously accept the notion that computers, read technology, will do a credible job in educating our children. My recommendation is the editorial writers, along with their friends, the legislators, be asked to teach a 4th or 5th grade class for a week, unaided. Then, perhaps like St. Paul, there would be truly an educational conversion.

Dave T in Ogden
Ogden, UT

The problem with online class materials is that it is too tempting for some students to end up playing online video games or go to facebook, especially if you have ADHD. Thus they end up not learning class materials as a result. As many students are "hands on" learners, it would be best if schools can teach math and English through "hands on" ways. Some students may be bad at English, but great at Scrabble. Thus they should create board games to where you may physically move math equations and sentence structures to learn these subjects instead. This way you separate the temptation for students to end up playing video games as a result.
I recently asked my nephew who has ADHD of how he would create new board games and he suggested many new concepts worth considering. So please school leaders, consider creating new board games by asking our "hands on" learners on creating new board games. Then we separate students from the computer to connect to video games and social media. Then students will learn more materials through "hands on" board games as a result.

Kevin A
Murray, UT

@rawlshea1, your Latin definition perfectly illustrates how computers are effectively used to customize education to individual students. Rather than rely on a single instructor and curriculum, students can choose from among multiple educational options and approaches to customize their education to their unique interests and needs. Traditional classroom models remain an option for all students, but distance learning (which often includes live interaction with instructors and peers), may be a better option for those that choose it. I have seen my own children assume much greater responsibility for their own education over the past year as they integrated some online courses into their schedule. In effect, they do teach themselves everyday.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Who actually believes Utah could do something well when it comes to education?

Why does the DMN insist on publishing these articles that point out something the State is doing WELL? When we all know Utah does nothing good enough when it comes to education.

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Just being fecicious. I actually think it's good to point out the good with the bad. And heaven knows we have had enough articles about how Utah is the worst at funding education. So I think it's OK for this article to see the light of day.

But watch out... the "more money is all it takes" folks are going to be all over it.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Guess I was wrong...
It's not the first time, and it won't be the last.

Highlandmom
American Fork, UT

If kudos from the Found for Excellence in Education means something to you, then celebrate with the DN Editorial Board. But I find little of their agenda that will truly create excellence in education. They have no credibility with me. They are some of the folks pushing to privatize education. Who care what they think? Not me.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Thank you Highlandmom, for pulling through for me...

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