John Florez: Schools should nurture confidence

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  • TallGuy1970 Syracuse, UT
    July 8, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    How about schools teach reading, writing, math, and science and leave all the social programs to the parents?! I know it's a foreign idea, but how about having schools focus on education, not on nurturing your child?!

  • metisophia Ogden, UT
    July 6, 2013 11:31 p.m.

    The best way to encourage creativity in school is to get rid of all high stakes end of level tests --- and the new computer adaptive - let's test all year long - reformy corporate designed tests.

    The year that I taught a group of students who had done criterion referenced tests every year of their lives, I saw students who did not know how to be creative. They only wanted the one right answer to anything. What a shame.

    And it's not the educator's fault for pushing bad policies -- it's the business people and legislatures. (see ALEC)

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    July 6, 2013 9:47 p.m.

    re: The Real Maverick

    or churches!?

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    July 6, 2013 10:58 a.m.

    Boy, sounds like schools must do everything!

    With everything that schools do, who needs parents or families?

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    July 6, 2013 7:37 a.m.

    Unfortunately, Mr. Florez cited David Kelley as the inventor of the Apple mouse. While that may be technically true for "Apple's mouse", Apple stole the concept from Xerox who used Douglas Engelbart's mouse in the Xerox's Alto computer. The Alto also had a form of windows (stolen by Apple and Microsoft) and networking.

    The point is that Xerox didn't know how to market what had been built in their research lab and Apple didn't know how to invent. Steve Jobs said, "We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas."

    Education is not about stealing someone else's ideas. It is not about pretending that your idea was the "original". It's not about taking credit for something that someone else did.

    Yes, working together with a diversity of experience may help you see things from another perspective, but it may also lead you down a path that will take a lifetime to come back from.

    Knowing what to believe and what not to believe is the great secret of education. My advisor at BYU gave me great advice. He simply instructed me to learn how to learn.