Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
An issue well addressed by Mr. Davis! He is correct; Lockhart is one of the
last that should hold that position! Lockhart being just another oportunistic
politician, looking for a well paying stepping stone, with minimum qulifications
required of a Superintendent of Education. IMO there are literally
hundreds more qualified living in the state!
Typical hit piece by a democrat activist.
Completely agree. She's not, in any sense, qualified for the position.
Which means, she'll probably get the job.
The Deseret News can do better than political hacks, and should'I have just been convinced that Becky Lockhart is an Ideal candidate for State
School Superintendent. I'm persuaded we need to separate the statist
UEA/NEA stranglehold of institutional secular education and replace it with
people who care about more than themselves and the extorted money they receive
from the legislature.
The author's strong opposition makes me wonder if Lockhart would actually
do a good job.
Those liberal political science professors really have all the answers
Brick and mortar schoolhouses are going to become a thing of the past in the not
so distant future. The Superintendent needs to be someone who can think outside
the box and bring innovation to education. Whether that be Lockhart or someone
else...the writing is on the wall. The internet is changing the way of
everything including education. We should accept it with an attitude of
Great column by Richard Davis.Lockhart's husband has been a
lobbyist for technology firms, which is part of the reason Lockhart pushed a
half-baked idea to flood our schools with technology, while leaving other parts
of education - such as class size and support for teachers - to atrophy. With her husband's role in pushing technology, the size of this
conflict of interest is far too large to ignore. It would be like the
Superintendent's spouse being a building contractor specializing in the
construction of schools, or maybe being the sales representative for portable
classrooms.After Lockhart's speech slamming Governor (and
fellow Republican) Herbert as an "Inaction Figure", her bombastic style
reveals unbridled political ambition. The very last thing we need
is more politicization in education.
Becky Lockhart has no qualifications for the job. One should not use a
leadership position in the legislature to gain another state job.
The state board should be headed by an educator, not by a politician.
The reason that Utah Schools have a $500 MM underfunded Other Post Employment
Benefit is because "educators" have pretended to have business
backgrounds. This is a staggering amount and UEA is ignoring it. Wake up Utahns.
This is the same reason dozens of school districts around the country have
declared bankruptcy. Utah Retirement System is also in bad shape.
Seeing the byline here makes me want to support Lockhart more, just because
Davis is to the left of Mao. The real reason Davis opposes Lockhart
is found in the latter part of the column: she's not UEA friendly, and she
probably won't jack taxes through the roof to dump ever increasing amounts
of cash on unionized teachers that don't really teach. The last thing we
need to do is throw more cash down the rabbit hole. The US spends
more money on education than any other country. And what do we get for it?
Failing schools, students, and incredibly wealthy liberal interest groups. Until Education is split from the Democratic Party slush fund, there's no
point in spending more cash. It all goes to protect pedophiles anyway. Just
ask New York and California, who have teachers they pay to sit in a room all
day, because they are too dangerous to be around kids, yet they cannot be fired
because of unions.
Dear Play by the Rules... I'm a republican and couldn't agree more
with this op-ed piece. Hallelujah Amen
Yes, when I think democrat liberal activist, I think BYU. For sure.But chances are Mr. Davis is a conservative, perhaps a moderate conservative
with some common sense who is looking out for our children in a sincere way.Or maybe he's just Ward Churchill...
How many sane boards of directors would hire as CEO a person with no
qualifications and demonstrated hostility to their organization? But
then the state board just hired as interim CEO a Seminary teacher whose wife is
suing the organization.Sounds like Ms. Lockhart has a lock on the
job. Irony of the week.
Every reason Davis gives opposing Ms. Lockhart is actually a reason to support
her. The education establishment is saddled with a "group think"
paradigm based on education concepts from a century ago. Many are certainly
still valid, but many are no longer applicable. More importantly,
the education industry in the country and in Utah is dominated by left leaning
unions who seem to be more interested in their own welfare and tenure than in
education of children. (Although our classroom teachers mostly do a superb job,
despite the dubious benefits of layers of bureaucracy.)Lockhart's experience in the legislature, especially as Speaker, is
actually superb management background, as well as demonstrated leadership,
budgetary expertise, and understanding of how all the pieces of the state
bureaucracy, business and education mesh. These are skills not learned in
academia, or in education courses.Lockhart will ask "why"
and "why not" and "how can this be better" instead of insisting
"we have always done it this way."Our kids deserve
innovative leadership, not cronyism of career educators.Go Becky!
Very surprised the the Deseret News would run this piece and give it "front
page" status on its online version. Personal attacks are not allowed in the
comments section - not sure why it's allowed in an article that one could
reasonably assume is endorsed by the Deseret News.To be clear,
I'm no fan of Ms. Lockhart and believe she consistently demonstrates a
politics first attitude. But it seems disingenuous to vilify her specifically
for the school board position in the fear that she might aspire to a higher
>>Or maybe he's just Ward Churchill...He's neither
a Ward Churchill nor a radical "to the left of Mao"; and even if that
were true, ad hominum attacks are logical fallacies and therefore not an
effective rebuttal to his arguments.I took several classes from Dr.
Davis when I was a student at the Y some years ago. He's calm, thoughtful,
rational, and an excellent analyst and instructor. While our political
philosophies differ, my experiences with him in and out of the classroom have
shown me that his positions and opinions are always well-reasoned and worth
Public education needs to be led by someone with experience, not someone whose
aspirations to be Governor got derailed and treats the position as a consolation
The article is not a political attack.
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