We don't need the rhetoric that strengthens top-down

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  • Rhonda H. South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 1:38 p.m.

    Mike- I agree with your statement that the role of public education is to educate our children. But with what education? Compare what we do to what Thomas Jefferson- a big proponent of public ed- said it should accomplish:
    "These objects are
    -To give to every citizen the information he needs for the transaction of his own business; -To enable him to calculate for himself, and to express and preserve his ideas, his contracts and accounts, in writing;
    -To improve by reading, his morals and faculties;
    -To understand his duties to his neighbors and country, and to discharge with competence the functions confided to him by either;
    -To know his rights; to exercise with order and justice those he retains;
    -To choose with discretion the fiduciary of those he delegates; and to notice their conduct with diligence, with candor and judgement..."

    How are we doing?

    Our top-down system protects itself by failing to encourage this type of education.

  • SquarePeg Enterprise, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 10:37 a.m.

    Very good letter.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 6, 2013 9:10 a.m.

    Even though public schools serve a different purpose than private industry, they still need to be run efficiently. Private business MUST satisfy the customer. It can cut costs only so far without cutting quality. A properly run private business always verifies that cost savings do not alienate the customer.

    Public schools have one objective: They are charged with educating our children so that those children are prepared to either enter the job market on graduation or prepared to receive higher education. Perhaps that have prepared students to work at McDonalds, but they have failed many of the students who enroll in college. Those students are not ready.

    Poor management is the cause. Not every teacher is outstanding, but every teacher has been certified by the State as being qualified to teach our children. With a capable teaching pool, there is no excuse for the results obtained. It is a problem with management. Administrators seem to see the ultimate goal as getting themselves as far from the classroom as possible and then dictating to others how to do a job that they don't want to do. A private business would quickly fail if it followed that "system".