Investing in Utah’s children

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  • Hawkyo SYRACUSE, UT
    Sept. 16, 2012 5:00 p.m.

    SMFC, I agree. It's interesting that people want choice for themselves but accountability for others. Parents should be accountable for their child getting homework, projects, and basic learning done in a timely matter. Teachers can't be the only one struggling to keep the ship afloat in the schools. Parents must be positively involved. This means standing with the teacher and not against him/her. The child needs to be taught that if they slack, there are negative consequences that mommy and daddy are going to help enforce, not shield them from.
    One more note to some parents. No matter what you want to believe, your child is capable of being the bad kid. Deal with it like a parent. You'll thank me later.

  • Holden Caulfield Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 16, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    Anyone who would argue against more investment in Utah's schools, has likely spent little time in the classrooms of their communities. More funding means a much better teacher-to-student ratio. It means more aides in every school. The actual number of students per classroom is actually much worse than reported. The secondary school in my neighborhood, has 40+ students in most classrooms. This is not beneficial for kids. Higher more educators means more time and attention for each student. It's pathetic that teachers have to literally ask for donations just to be able to afford basic supplies.
    Frugality, yes. Stupidity, no thank you. Teachers are doing a great job, but they need more help from the legislature.

  • Social Mod Fiscal Con West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 16, 2012 1:16 p.m.

    Utah's students will excell when Utah's parents get actively invovled in their education. the degree to which a parent cares about their children's educational performance, is the same degree to which the student will care.
    We could triple our education budget and it wouldn't make a bit of difference until parents get turned on to their student's education.

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    Sept. 16, 2012 12:51 p.m.

    EJM, is that different than the rest of the nation?

    Most kids don't see the value of education. But we as a nation will see just how expensive it can be to not have a well educated generation, if we don't continue to invest, and research how to invest smartly, in our kids' education.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Sept. 16, 2012 9:25 a.m.

    Utah will see its test scores rise when it's student population decides to take their education more seriously. A stereotypical statement but true. One third of Utah students takes school seriously. One third takes school semi-seriously. One third could care less.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 16, 2012 8:01 a.m.

    Doing more with less when you can afford to do more and better is not a virtue.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 16, 2012 1:31 a.m.

    Doesn't help that the federal government has taken away much of Utah's trust land.