Gov. Gary Herbert announces new tool to bring 20,200 volunteers to schools

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  • Utah Teacher Orem, UT
    Aug. 5, 2012 9:13 a.m.

    I've had volunteers in my 7th grade classroom before. They usually are overwhelmed by the amount of work and stress they encounter. Part of that is probably my fault for not preparing them for what they are about to see but I barely have time to prepare my own lesson plans let alone teach the volunteers how to work with the kids. It usually ends up being more work for me as I not only have to worry about my students but now I have to worry about unprepared adults in my classroom.

    These initiatives are feel good projects that don't really help at all. I'm sorry to say that but it is the truth. If we want to make a difference, have the businesses donate money to lower the class sizes and get prepared teachers in the classroom instead of adults wanting to feel good about themselves for an hour or two.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Aug. 2, 2012 6:32 p.m.

    Just another way for the good people of Utah to avoid the responsibility of educating their children. Since when was abdication of responsibility a conservative idea?

  • Chuck E. Racer Lehi, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 9:01 a.m.

    The best way to get real involvement in the schools is by dividing up these mammoth, regional school districts into community-sized districts and getting government OUT of the business of directing education.

    If the schools truly belong to the local community, they will support and help them and their children succeed. If the schools belong to some big bureaucracy, that is controlled by the government, the people say let the educrats and politicians deal with it. Whereupon they sit back and complain that Johnny isn't learning while badmouthing the teacher and principal.

    Community-sized districts, with less "teacher trainers," would also tend to limit the influence of non-teaching, progressivist educrats on the actual teachers.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 4:15 a.m.

    Down with this plan, we already have business ruining the eduction of our children in primary and secondary and colleges and its why education is a failure to success. Force more young workers into 20 years of debt and increase the level of illiterates coming out of colleges.

    Get business out of our schools and put real professors and educators of math, science, language skills back in the colleges. This plan has been ongoing for so many decades that students don't get a diverse course of study to work many jobs. College degrees have run their course and have become an albatross & financial embarrassment to government and those wanting more than job training skills to work POS (point of sales) cashiers jobs.

    Its foolish for the governor to think that more business destroying education is going to help the economy and economic growth. We already have enough educated people unemployed and working 2 jobs to repay a fools debt in education costs.

    He is right about one thing, education is a tool but does not create jobs or prosperity. This lie has indentured more people than the economy can tolerate and its killing economic growth with too much debt.