Let's build a new education model

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  • pmccombs Orem, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 10:08 a.m.

    Summary of the article: "We need to tune our school system to churn out more automata who are better qualified to serve the Global Economy."

    Sounds like a good recipe for happy, self fulfilled adults, Right? Hey, let's get programmed to lubricate an emergent system dictated by an invisible hand! Yep. Sign me right up for that. I hope that my kids, when they've grown old and look back on their lives, will tell their own children, "Yeah, I'm happy that I was such an efficient cog in the Global Economy. I'm ready to die now, a whole and fulfilled human being."

    Looks like we've got our sights set on the True Meaning of Education. You know, the education that goes, "Cha-Ching!!!" Let's go throw some money at it.

    (P.S. I really think the economy ought to be for people and not the other way 'round. Just sayin'.)

  • bellsandbells FULTON, MO
    Feb. 3, 2013 11:27 a.m.

    This new plan will eventually remove all local control of schools. It doesn't matter how much you pay teachers or respect them if the text books and what they are taught are skewed and your children are taught principles that are contrary to America's Founding Fathers and 'history' is written from UN standards. Text books are currently being edited to fit this 'new plan'. Read your children's text books. All of them. How are math problems, English sentence practice, etc. being used to teach your children new political ideas. Ask questions about the next levels of this new plan. What input will local schools and parents have in their schools? None. It will be from global, international sources.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 8:55 p.m.

    The Newtown tragedy showed America, at least some Utahns for a few days, that teachers will do anything for their children, even lay down their own lives. Maybe we need to get off their case and get them some money. I mean to be a babysitter, life counselor, teacher, psychologist, social worker and even body guard probably deserves a bit more. Just sayin...

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 4:33 p.m.

    To Ultra Bob...

    I hope your model gets implemented before the Utah Legislature outlaws Humanities, Social Sciences, & the Arts thereby making it impossible for education to get back to its true purpose as you stated.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 2, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    Hmmm? About half our people on welfare, high unemployment, and half our college graduates are Asian,---yet we spend more money on education then any society in history.

    How's those standardized tests coming along?

  • bellsandbells FULTON, MO
    Feb. 2, 2013 12:15 p.m.

    The writer of this article like so many sincere, well-meaning people,e is looking to find an answer to America’s educational disaster. What we need is to return to the old model of locally controlled education. The ‘new model’ is called the Common Core Curriculum. To learn more about this new program, do your own research. You may be interested in Utahans Against Common Core or Truth In American Education Stop Common Core u-tube series. It is actually not new because it has been created piece by piece by several US Presidents from both political parties. Research and read more on the Common Core Curriculum and its global origins.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 10:23 a.m.

    @ cjb

    "My advice? Abolish the education degrees, instead require teachers to major in something else"

    That would work for HS & possibly junior high teachers but not for elementary school teachers. However, my HS physics teacher had a psychology degree but would have been a great teacher regardless.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 2, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    This rhetoric has been going on for decades.

    * education needs to be simplified
    * less micro-managing of teachers, and curriculum

    On the road to education, get rid of the speed bumps.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    The statement: “We need a new model for education that will prepare us to compete in the global economy”, is obviously a statement and sentiment of business. Our main lack of competition in in workers wages. Not Education. Perhaps the new model for education would by one that conditions workers to work for less money. The fact is that there are foreign people of every education level and skill ready willing and knocking at the door for American jobs. At lower wages than Americans need.

    For myself, I will continue to press for a new business model. One that serves the public, as it is intended to do, and one that provides all segments of our people with the ability to share in the bounty of civilization. Education might then go back to it’s real purpose of teaching people how to learn so that they can face any obstacle as they search the world, and not just be indoctrinated on how to be good slaves.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 5:42 a.m.

    The education community has lost their way, and
    worse they are stubborn and will not listen to people
    plead with them to go back to the tried and true
    that have served us well in the past.

    One root problem is that although educators
    have university degrees, they are not well educated
    people. They take far too many education classes
    of dubious value, instead of some other degree
    many of which do provide real education.

    My advice? Abolish the education degrees, instead
    require teachers to major in something else, almost
    anything else. Then have take a one semester
    class on teaching.

    Once this is implemented, we also need to pay
    them more.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 1:28 a.m.

    This is a long article full of hot air which offers little in specifics. Also, completely incorrect. We aren't throwing a lot of money away in education. In fact, we aren't investing at all. With our dead last per-pupil funding we could really help ourselves by throwing more money... ANY money... At education.

    We need to finally invest into education!