Do You Want To Go To College? Do You Want To Complete College? STEM Matters.

There is more innovation taking place today than at any time in the history of the world. With 52 years of watching a world go from land line phones, black and white televisions, no personal computing power, snail mail and automobiles getting ten miles per gallon to smart phones for everyone, television shows on demand, laptops traveling with you anywhere you go, texting and electric cars, I have found STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is the mother of most invention. The next time you see someone downplay the importance of…

Utah Should Support Parents Role In Children’s Education [The Hub Debate]

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?“ It is a constitutional right for parents to have primary control over their child’s education and it is state law that the State be supportive of the parents’ primary role. Additionally, both the Supreme Court and Natural Law support the right of parents to direct our children’s education. Even while the…

Why STEM Education

During the last few months, television ads have popped up all over showing cool jobs in cool companies with the tag line “STEM Utah, Curiosity Unleashed”. Why would businesses fund a $2.5 million media campaign promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)?The world of today is very different than previous generations and is full of technological advances that make our lives more and more productive. STEM education produces critical thinkers and problems solvers. These are the very skills that allow our children to compete for today’s jobs. National studies show…

Games of chance legal in Utah. Who knew?

  In Utah, we don’t gamble. Games of chance are against the law. In fact, our State Constitution prohibits gambling. Yet every year a high stakes poker game plays out in our State Capitol as a $13.5 billion budget is ironed out. Think the World Series of Poker. On one side, The House led by Speaker Becky Lockhart. On the other side, the Senate let by President Wayne Niederhauser. Together, the two legislative bodies appropriate the budget. Another player at the table with a smaller stack of chips is Governor Gary…

Public Education Budget

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Figuring out the State budget at the beginning of the Legislative Session is like predicting the winner of the Super Bowl. You know the game, have your favorite, but have little idea on the outcome. A couple of years ago, I attended a National Governors Association meeting where Jim Collins the author of several business books spoke, including Built To Last and Good To Great. He talked about several of his leadership concepts; what makes great companies great. After his presentation, a Governor raised his hand and asked whether these concepts…