What are Good Fences?

“Good Fences make good neighbors,” said Robert Frost.  Mr. Frost was correct.  Good fences not only make good neighbors, but also make an educational system of trust between parents, teachers and children. There is a famous poem by Joseph Malins called, “An Ambulance Down in the Valley”.  It speaks of society’s tendency to ignore preventative measure that could save people’s lives and instead only deal with trying to see to the wounds once they have fallen. This is what our educational system has done for too long.  We are uncomfortable…

Is Trust Money & Common Core the Answer for Utah Schools?

A report in the Salt Lake Tribune on August 20, 2014 reported that the Utah School system will receive $39.2 million in trust money this year.  In 2004 they received  $8.3 million so over the last 10 years there has been a $30.9 million dollar increase in trust monies for the states school system.   Is this increase in state trust money helping the school system educated Utah students better?

Public Education’s Focus is the Student [The Hub Debate]

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  This is  a Hub Debate on the role of boards of education. For more background, read this.  Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. The question is: “Who do you think the board should serve?  Parents? Students? Why?“ Public education’s target for change is the student. The evidence of excellent or poor teaching is based on assessments (test scores) of our students.  Every aspect of education reform is judged by its effect on student achievement. If schools were to serve parents, perhaps parents would, or should, be the…