Letter: Fix education

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  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 5:12 a.m.

    I am not going to tell another couple how many children they should have--that's their choice. I do think, however, that we need to do more to attract and welcome young, single, childless working adults into our communities. It would help balance the population, and these working adults would help spread out the educational tax burden in our state.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Nov. 19, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    Re: "People should stop having 6-8 kids . . . ."

    If we did, liberals would be in big trouble.

    The steep decline in tax revenues produced by a declining working population would inevitably crash the liberal nanny state.

    Funny how liberals always favor population decline, yet none ever volunteer to decrease it, and none of their deranged economic policies could ever be implemented without a growing population to tax.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Nov. 19, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    To "Mike in Sandy" I will make a deal with you. I will gladly give up free public education if you give up Social Security and Medicare. Afterall, retirees have had around 40 years to prepare for their retirement, they should pay their own way if they just want to sit around.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 19, 2013 12:04 p.m.

    An excellent letter, Mr. Barton.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Nov. 19, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    We will not fix the education system, except marginally, unless we stop funding monopolies and start giving the funds directly to the parents and let them decide what schools are best. Both Sweden and France have done this with great success.

    As long as schools meet basic standards (no teaching that people rode dinosaurs 6000 years ago), most states are constitutionally committed to providing education for all so proper funding is guaranteed.

    And the return on investment of an educated populace is tremendous, so all these arguments that parents should pay their own way are ridiculous. An educated adult provides more benefit to society (less initial investment) than just about any long term investment we can make - and conversely avoids lots of costs associated with not making that investment (welfare, prison, etc...).

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Nov. 19, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    People should stop having 6-8 kids, and start paying their way for each of their children.