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Published: Thursday, June 12 2014 7:27 p.m. MDT

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Autumn Cook
Lehi, UT

Thanks for this article covering the U.S. Chamber report, and the governor's comments at the Small Business Summit this week.

I am highly uncomfortable with the governor's comments in regard to STEM education. The ideas he's advocating don't sound at all different from those behind a centrally-planned economy. When he talks about "identifying young people with aptitude for STEM-related careers...in elementary school," and "aligning" education and perceived workforce needs, it sounds like he's pursuing a Chinese type of system - or German at best. In these countries, children are sorted and slotted in elementary school according to their "aptitude." In these countries, the demands of the economy get met, more or less, but the freedom of individuals to pursue their dreams does not exist there in anything close to the measure in which we know it.

I would earnestly ask the governor to consider what kind of society we will have here in Utah in five years if we continue on this path of embracing centrally-projected workforce needs (i.e. Georgetown State By State Analysis) and turning education into workforce training. These ideas aren't consistent with individual liberty or prosperity.

Mamma C
HEBER CITY, UT

I am uncomfortable with the governor's "alignment" quote. I don’t call this trend alignment; I call it central planning. It's the opposite of local control, or individual control. It's what countries like China do.

Restore local control and let teachers, parents, and children collaborate at the student's pace, without the imposition of national and state alignments. The USOE, USSB and governor have become oppressive in their insistence that central planning and national standards are what Utahns must now endure, calling it progress.

joeandrade
Salt Lake City, UT

Another positive report attesting to Governor Herbert's leadership, vision, pragmatism, and wisdom.

The report - and the Des News story - ignores that we are last in public education funding, and have fallen even further behind.

We have among the worst air quality in the nation along the Wasatch Front during winter months and greatly deteriorating air quality in the Uintah Basin due largely to the volatile hydrocarbons and related emissions from the thousands of wells there.

We are a growing market for Ob-Gyns to help with pollution-related pregnancy and new-born issues. We are a growing market for pulmonologists and respiratory therapists for the many Utahns impacted by our horrible Wasatch Front winter air. Health gets worse - and no Obamacare $$ to help. Brilliant!

We are the last in the 11 Western states in electrical energy derived from renewables, and we're #1 in the proportion derived from coal.

We're friendly to industry and business. We give them tax breaks to develop, we under regulate, we under police them, and we are in denial of all the problems they impose on our residents.

Utah - Life Polluted!
Utah - the greyest snow on Earth.

We're #1 for business and industry.
Congratulations!

Jennifer Huefner
Garden City, UT

One cannot simply determine which kids have an aptitude for STEM careers in elementary school. Certainly you may determine a bright child who easily jumps through the hoops before them on the conveyor belt which has become our schools. However, you cannot tell what a child might be capable of when considering some are late bloomers, some get inspired much later in life to become an engineer or scientist, and through their own hard work, determination, and the human spirit, can accomplish what any other bright young person can accomplish. In the United States of America, we have always been free to become WHATEVER WE WANT to become. No one has been excluded because they didn't pass some high stakes test in elementary school.
Let's return to the 2007 math standards which were a vast improvement over the previous math standard, and also compared to Common Core math. Then we will have truly STEM ready students who MAY choose a STEM career or not.

Dr Gary Thompson
South Jordan, UT

How exciting that Gov. H. & USOE have implemented a policy of K-5 "profiling", apparently discovered via an alternate theory of neuropsychological, and child developmental theories that contradict a 150 years of peer reviewed research. I look forward to reading the data that supports his desired policy solutions in this area.

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