As other states abandon the Common Core curriculum in favor of developing their own standards, we ask these questions: “Will Utah be left behind, or will we assume a leadership position? Do we want to continue trying to standardize students or shall we lead the nation in helping students grow as unique individuals?"

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Here’s an opportunity to break the mold. As other states look for ways to improve the conventional, subject-centered system, Utah could start a movement to design a student-centered system that would aim to meet the needs and great potential of each unique student.

Such a reform would go against the unconstitutional, federal requirements of the last 31 years. This one would be in harmony with the 10th Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

We urge Gov. Gary Herbert, legislators and school board members to start leading to create a student-centered plan that is best for Utah.

Lynn Stoddard