Common issues, core problems

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  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    April 28, 2014 12:29 p.m.

    slcdenizen has hit the nail on the head. The number #1 reason that our education system is struggling is poverty. It is becoming more pronounced by the day because of the disparage of income levels. 30 years ago,(according to the Department of Labor) a minimum wage earner could support 3 people, now a minimum wage earner needs SNAP to support the same 3. Of course, why would we invest in America when there are banks to fill overseas.

  • Utah Dem Ogden, UT
    April 28, 2014 11:51 a.m.

    A couple years ago I may have agreed with your letter but no longer. Not as I have witnessed the changes taking place in Ogden schools that have high percentages of low incoming students and these students and their teachers have been seeing great success. Mr. Thomas it blows your theory out of the water.

  • slcdenizen t-ville, UT
    April 28, 2014 10:06 a.m.

    These broad, vague prescriptions are as unhelpful as Common Core is being perceived. Why are some children entering school with lower vocabulary and lower synaptic development? They're being underfed or nutritionally deprived, have limited time with they're overworked parents, and are lacking stable environments most suitable for early childhood. Which political party seeks to alleviate these issues most? Hint, not the party Clive Bundy recently exemplified.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 27, 2014 10:53 a.m.

    An excellent letter. Thank you, Mr. Thomas.