Published: Saturday, Aug. 30 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
There is a vision. It's to destroy public education brick by brick through
stupid policies and through demoralizing teachers.
John, another non-educator giving advice and counsel to other non-educators
about how to "fix" public education. Therein lies the problem! First of
all, public education in Utah has NEVER been given to the experts-educators.
Those outside of education have had control for decades and the
"reforms" of those outside of the profession are not working and are
hurting children and teachers.You column should be advising the Board to
listen to educators. To espouse hiring someone outside of education to be the
education leader of the state speaks to the disrespect for educators and will
only serve to continue the underhanded, teacher-bashing, for-profit
privatization of our public schools.It is time for those who are not
educators to get out of the business of micromanaging and destroying our public
Howard Beal nailed it.The vision is to kill off public education.
What can you expect when you elect real estate developers and politicians with
ties to private schools into powerful positions?
Here is a complete vision for Utah's schools that will work, after getting
us out from under the federal government's thumb.It can be
found at smallerschoolsresearch.blogspot.com. It is called Public School
Deregulation. If this vision for public education in Utah were pursued,
students would do better all around, parents in general would be happier and
more involved, and the costs would not continue to spiral out of control. The
research and reasoning are there as appendages to support this vision. If
people would read through it with inquiring minds after putting down their
preconceived ideas, I believe most would find many things they would agree with.
As long as the liberals and the elite left control education, there will be no
vision.Just tax and more control, tax and more control, tax and more
control...oh.. and attack anyone who has any real vision or
alternative ideas that would destroy their fiefdom.
Howard Beal isn't far off . . . but he can add the cynical vision of larger
corporate and national interests who profit from the policies and ideas (cough
cough common core and the new assessment regime)that are destroying public
education while we watch it all happen, then they can move in after the
privatization of education to fully control and profit on their terms without
the pesky school boards and their "local control" to get in the way.
The leader of education should have a very strong background and education that
supports strong leadership and non partisan policies. Just because Ms. Lockhart
threw her hat into the ring should not qualify her to this position. We need to listen to educators, even the majority that support Common Core.
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