Look to Secretary of Education for State of the Union initiatives, columnist says

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  • s_harper SLC, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 8:20 p.m.

    Not sure which initiatives "Kings Court" is referring to that he labels "insane" (sounds like all of them). And not sure how to read the cryptic pronouncement of "worf" above. But I did enjoy spending an hour or so visiting each embedded reference in Jason Hardy's summary of ED voices: from Friedman to Ravitch to Duncan, with some research studies and a coupla disgruntled teachers explaining (in great detail) why they quit. All this wide-ranging chorus, assembled masterfully by journalist Hardy. As a teacher who comments seven days a week in class and on Canvas re: student thinking (as writers), I have A LOT of first-hand data and observations and text examples of what Utah's "educational culture" looks like: from the vantage point of its victims... er, students. However, in a state that can't figure out to clean up the air its myriad students need to breathe, I'm not surprised at the lack of serious response to an ED article in a major Utah newspaper the week before its legislators convene, or the fact that none of the ED chorus assembled by journalist Hardy is from the "Life Elevated" state.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 24, 2014 8:25 p.m.

    Enslavement, and accountability to dictators is a poor way of educating.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 5:45 p.m.

    I'm getting sick of all these initiatives. They can't even follow through on the initiatives they start each year. It must be absolutely maddening to be a teacher who has to deal with all the arm-chair quarterback politicians and special interest groups that jerk them every which way to do this, that, and the other every single year. Schools would be better off if teacher were just allowed to practice their profession instead of feeding the bureaucracies at all levels of government including the state level where the insanity is just as bad as the federal level. How many education laws do they pass each year in Utah? It something like 120+ laws each year. That is insane!