Steve Setzer is wrong. Mass. does NOT exclude more students from reporting. In
fact, their minority population is twice Utah's, which should make their
record worse than ours. And even when cost-of-living is factored in, Mass.
clearly invests much more per student than Utah does. The results show it.
Actually, Utah students score LOWER than peers in other states in every single
demographic category. The "average" is slightly higher only because we
have a much higher percentage of white, middle income students--yet even they
score below their peers in other states.While money doesn't
make all the difference, it certainly can and will make a difference here in
Utah where we spend far less than any other state.
Children educated in MA and UT are not for the most part competing against each
other; they are competing with children from So. Korea, Finland, Canada, etc.
and we should be preparing them accordingly. Sadly, we are not because we are
not even enlightened enough to recognize the competition and challenges.
Great article! Our education system does very well with what it has.It would do even better if we let educators (real teachers who haven't
been in admin for the last 20 years) in on the school improvement planning. But
instead we let legislators and detached administrators make all the decisions,
and they are clueless. Our legislature seeks to add industry leaders to those
making decisions. It is questionable whether teachers will even get to give any
input. We have pressed for 'highly educated, highly
qualified' teachers. We have them. Now we should quit tying their hands
with legislation directed education. They should be making the decisions, and
those making all the decisions now, should be limited to just giving input to
teachers. We have it all backwards.
If you wish to compare apples to apples, I would start by not comparing Utah to
Massachusetts. Other more rural, western states would be a far better
comparison. The question is how Utah compares with them.As to
funding. You can dance all day, but the issue comes to this. Money and quality
of outcome are not in lockstep. But neither are they untethered one from
another. Money does not mean everything. But it certainly means something.
You can only do so much stretching on the same resource before you run out of
stretch.In very few instances does money solve all of your problems.
But in equally few instances can you solve your problems without some money.
It comes down to this little gem, a powerful group of legislators will never
quit tinkering until they have sold off the whole kit and kabodle to private
enterprise who will get your statistics up by dropping all underperformers
including the disabled. How's that for apples and oranges?
If Utah would allow Powerball and Mega-millions Lotteries then the would be more
than enough money to fund education and repair the state roads. The only thing
that Utah stops by not adopting the lotteries is revenue. Anyone who wants a
ticket goes to Idaho and gets them anyway.
how is the birth rate doing. wouldn't that be an indicator of what
we'll need to spend.