Dan Liljenquist: In uncertain world, families should do homework

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  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 3:35 p.m.

    cavetroll: Nobody is owed a certain wage. Different jobs and different skills come with different market value. Artificially raising salaries makes it worse, not better.

    Companies that cannot compete in the open marketplace have two primary options: 1) they can send their jobs overseas or 2) they can go out of business and yield the marketplace to less expensive products. In either case, the salary situation gets worse. With fewer jobs, it becomes an employers market and salaries go down because more people are competing for the few jobs that are left.

    Of course, there is a third option; apparently the one you favor. Employers could offer salaries not merited by the work performed. Then they can go out of business.

    You can't effectively argue both sides of the coin. Either you want higher salaries or you want jobs to stay in America. You have to decide because the two are mutually exclusive.

    As for the influence of religion, the path they propose has historically proven to be the way of prosperity. Only the willfully blind can't see that.

  • cavetroll SANDY, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 1:21 a.m.


    It's not only the government that is waging war on families. How about corporate America? They reufse to pay a decent living wage to employees. They They claim to want an educated workforce, yet send jobs overseas to make an even greater profit. How about religion? Is it really the LDS church's or Catholic church's business if a family has two moms or two dads?

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    Dec. 15, 2012 4:42 a.m.

    It is too bad that Mr. Liljenquist single handedly destroyed teaching as a profession when he led the bill to wipe out teacher retirement. Now instead of having retired teachers going on missions, doing homework with their grandkids, etc. we are going to have 80 year old teachers that can never retire. I'm sure in his short sighted fiscal mind he thought he was doing the right thing but it wasn't.

    He took what was once a noble profession and turned it into an hourly job.

  • Seek to understand Sandy, UT
    Dec. 14, 2012 8:50 p.m.

    Great article Dan. I'm kind of shocked at the transparency of some of the commenters - obviously partisans. There is absolutely nothing in this article that would justify maligning Mr. Liljenquist. Good parents split up the workload, and step in when needed, as he described in this very good article.

    I just wanted to add that parents need to be this involved not just because education funding is tight - even in states with twice our funding, if parents are not involved at the level he described, children will not respect education as important and it doesn't matter how much we spend at the schools - the outcomes will be less than we desire.

  • guspine Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 14, 2012 4:36 p.m.

    Surprised that Dan suddenly had to learn this lesson. This was the routine at my house growing up.

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 14, 2012 3:52 p.m.

    Nobody can disagree with this motherhood approach to education. Unfortunately it doesn't fit in with our real world. For the last half century, the government has been making war on families. Black families are almost extinct with 74% being single parent homes. Other minorities are not far behind and white families are at 40%.

    This government war on families has left families without the time resources to be active participants in the education of their children. The educational community has played an active role in this attack on families. Now, that they're stuck with the results, they want to take the disingenuous position of blaming families for their failure to educate children.

    We need to stop putting more money into education and build the foundation. Federal and state governments need to pass legislation that builds and supports families. Their financial resources should be designed to help families fulling their foundational role in our society. Then they can turn to families to address issues such as education, criminal rehabilitation, under-age pregnancy, illegal drug abuse, etc. The government has no solutions without families yet they still insist on working at cross-purposes with families.

  • pburt Logan, UT
    Dec. 14, 2012 2:43 p.m.

    Kind of shocking how out of touch Lijenquist was with his family's routine, and how ignorant he was of his wife's deep involvement in their education. This was sort of a wake-up call for him, and proved how unrealistic and out of touch his campaign statements were. I assume this letter of his is preparation for some other campaign, but I hope people see this as a demonstration of his lack of fitness for public office. He has a lot more"homework" to do.

  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    Dec. 14, 2012 1:34 p.m.

    In my sugarplum world, every parent would help their children love learning. In reality, I would guesstimate that somewhere around 40-50% of learning practices sent home get completed. I must commend the excellent parenting that Mrs. Liljenquist is doing. I'll bet Dan now has a whole new appreciation for her as the the mother of their children. Good moms rock!

  • Demo Dave Holladay, UT
    Dec. 14, 2012 1:05 p.m.

    I don't generally agree with Mr. Liljenquist's politics, but this letter was excellent.

  • adamgale La Verkin, UT
    Dec. 14, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    I really enjoyed the article, and I agree. I think that if parents spent more time being parents and helping their kids directly instead of relying on someone else or the TV to do it, we'd be in better shape, spiritually, fiscally, and physically.