Governor calls for parents, lawmakers to unite behind education goals

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 21, 2013 11:34 a.m.

    The Governor and Lieutenant Governor push their speeches as supporting public education but don't have the wherewithal to gather support with the Legislature to push for doing something about it. The Governors for 20 years or more have pushed words from their mouths in support but in the monetary process don't push for real education. They have undermined public education in ways and means through voucher bills and pushing for privatization methods and anything that would stunt the growth of public education. The UEA goal is to support teachers has withdrawn its processes as the elected officials in Utah have shown animosity toward anything the UEA and county associations propose. The Speaker of the Utah House may be the same gender as most teachers in Utah but does not speak or have actions that would show a kindness and tenderness for children through her pushing of bills that would supplant public education. The Taxpayer association Senator always wins in his district but shows a distaste for anything that the Public Education in all counties try to do. This Senator believes anyone in Public Education just as well be in the Gulag or under the KGBs microscope. Actions not words.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 6:08 p.m.

    And now for the most critical element. It is time for students to get off their bottoms and start doing the necessary homework, quit cheating and copying others work, and spend 2-3 hours each night in a quiet atmosphere where they can concentrate and learn. They also have to do some honest planning when a test comes so they do not have to cram. They can cram and get a good grade, but three weeks later it is as if they never learned the material. They need tor recognize it is their education.

    I would encourage teachers to learn how to teach based on learning styles. This is where true learning will take place and students will become more involved in their OWN education.

    Boring is only between the ears of a learner. If they "really" want to learn they will put in the time and effort to master the material, regardless of who is teaching.

  • donquixote84721 Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 5:39 p.m.

    Children are the greatest asset any society has.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 5:25 p.m.

    So what's the agenda, try to squeeze more blood out of the turnip? To make sure that our elementary schools are completely filled with females in their early to mid 20's and then continuing to recycle them? Is it to provide such a low wage and lack of benefits that no male would/should consider the profession thus making our schools void of male role models? Is it stack 40 or more students in our secondary schools and cram 30 or so in our elementary schools? Is it to promote charter and e-school alternatives that have business connections to many of our legislators and their friends?
    Is it to hamstrung our teachers will ever increasing bureaucratic expectations without giving them the tools to succeed and then to blame the teachers and schools for failing? Is it to make sure our teaching base is so young, so inexperienced and so overwhelmed that they have no fighting chance to really succeed in teaching in an ever increasing diverse society?

    So what is the vision exactly?

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 5:24 p.m.

    I read today that Utah is #11 in the 50 states regarding students with AP passing grades. And then I heard a commercial of bleeding hearts about how "underfunded" Utah's education system is and how we used to rely on hard work and less money but now we only have "less money." Who funded these advertisements?

    We pay 100% of State Income Tax revenues to education. Name me any other state that even comes close. The per-pupil-funding argument is over 50 years old. Get a new argument.

    How about better pay for better results? Try true education reform. And have teachers work 12 months of the year (Just like EVERYONE else making a living) so you can justify giving them a 25% pay raise. Utilize buildings and facilities year-round. It's cheaper to retrofit an existing school with air conditioning than building a new structure.

    Oh, my, the PTA and the teacher's unions just don't want education reform, do they? Of course not. What do they want? MONEY! And when was the last time you heard any of them say "thanks for the employment" they have enjoyed for decades?

    "Just give us more money."

  • ghost 1 BRIGHAM CITY, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    I hope you don't intend on footing this education system with taxpayer money. I'm retired now and should be able to enjoy my military, and social security income without having to give it all back to you or that other what's his name in D.C.

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 3:58 p.m.

    Promises and dreams--but no money. A true first priority would deserve funding, not rearranging the chairs on the Titanic.

  • sally Kearns, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 3:39 p.m.

    Employers will pay the least they can get away with. Why do you think they are pushing Visa's for foreigners educated in STEM. They can pay them less than an American citizen. Governor, why are you feeding the PTA all this rah rah about education? As governor, do you also plan to pay for everyone's college or advanced training when they can't find a job because the positions are so low paying or not even available because of foreigners getting the positions?