Op-ed: The need for variety in a student's education

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  • birder Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2017 10:40 a.m.

    Providing a reasonable variety of experiences for children should be the shared responsibility of teachers and parents. However, our current education system works against this. Many enrichment programs ( such as music) have been axed from schools due to lack of funding. Even in-school enrichment has largely been removed in order to accommodate the onerous, time-consuming testing requirements and focus on school grading.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Dec. 11, 2017 10:27 a.m.

    Too much time wasted on standardized testing and common core math.

    No wonder other countries make batter cars than we do.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Dec. 11, 2017 9:19 a.m.

    As much as I like Donald and Lynn, I can't totally go along with them on this.

    Steven needs math, history, English, and science -- as well as music -- because we all do, regardless of what we end up doing in this life.

    Shakespeare wrote plays, but he couldn't have done it without a remarkable education in history, science, theology, philosophy, music, and the mathematics of his time. If he'd studied only drama, his achievement would have been thin indeed.

  • Husker2 Aspen, CO
    Dec. 11, 2017 7:43 a.m.

    How do we know a 14-yr old musician will never use math? Does someone have a crystal ball that tells what his occupation will be in 20 years?

    I hated math and wasn't very good at it. Then I spent 21 years in a profession where I used algebra and geometry almost every day.

    Kids need variety in their education (including the arts) but that should not come at the expense of other subjects like math, science, and history.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Dec. 10, 2017 11:56 p.m.

    What politics do you mean and what are the basics?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 10, 2017 1:31 p.m.

    The basics are important. Maths, the construct of written and spoken language, and the sciences. Variety helps, various arts are nice to have. Development of critical thinking skills is crucial, philosophy and debate are great things to pick up in school.
    But we're not big on funding education, are we? It would be nice if we could do better.

  • 1Reader Alpine, UT
    Dec. 9, 2017 9:50 p.m.

    Variety of exposure and experience is key!

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Dec. 9, 2017 8:24 p.m.

    The public school system is nothing more than an indoctrination system. We need to get politics out of our education system and return to the basics.