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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Despite outrageous school spending, students actually dumber than in 1972

The Daily Caller – Robby Soave

“The amount of money that the American taxpayers have been forced to spend on public schools has more than doubled in the last few years — even though such spending has had no demonstrable impact on students’ intelligence levels, a bombshell new study found.”(more)

Friday, November 8, 2013

In Utah, foreign language immersion becomes the norm

GrandForksHerald.com – Gregg Roberts & Ofelia Wade

“Monolingualism is the illiteracy of the 21st century. On today’s world stage, multilingual skills and cultural competence have taken the lead roles, as the 21st century showcases the emerging professionals of a future competitive global workforce.”(more)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dual language education in Cache Valley showing positive results

Utah Public Radio – Beth McEvoy

“Elementary students throughout Cache Valley are studying their lessons this school year in languages other than English…“What we’re hoping to do with the dual language immersion program is we’re hoping to graduate doctors, lawyers, businessman, teachers with an added skill speaking a language; and it is just something that can happen so very easily because their brains are wired to do it,” she said.”(more)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Taking a stand: Union High coach suspends entire football team in lesson about character

The Deseret News – Amy Donaldson

“Matt Labrum believes football helps create great men. And it is that belief and his passion for the game that led the Union High School head football coach and his staff to suspend all 41 players from the team because of off-field problems ranging from cyberbullying to skipping classes.” (more)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Pre-K Program Attracts Investors Out for Returns

Education Week – Sean Meehan

“An unusual partnership involving Goldman Sachs, a school district in Utah, and several community charities to expand the school system’s early-education program is intended to save taxpayers money and provide a financial return for investors.” (more)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Utah’s school language programs drawing praise

The Ticket – Duane Jeffery

“…come this fall, about 20,000 Utah elementary students in 100 schools will be studying a foreign language for half a day…A big surprise is that many of the programs are teaching not Spanish, German or French — the ones we most commonly have associated with our schools. Instead the featured language is Mandarin…” (more)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Other views: Utah shows the way for language immersion programs

The Dickinson Press – Editorial

““(W)ith hopes of preparing students for a competitive world economy, the state is building one of the largest and most ambitious school-language programs in the nation,” The New York Times reported in April about Utah.”(more)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Utah Charter School Nurtures Entrepreneurial Spirit

NPR – Whittney Evans

“A new charter school in Utah wants to equip students in kindergarten through ninth grade with a solid foundation in business.”(more)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A State Seeks to Be Heard in a New World Economy

New York Times – Jack Healy

“Dual-language classes have existed for years, but they are now growing fast in many states as…educators look for ways to prepare American students for a polyglot global job market. But few have embraced the idea with such unlikely zeal as Utah…”(more)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

John Florez: Education needs a vision in today’s economy

The Deseret News – John Florez

“More than half of today’s grade school children may be doing jobs that have not yet been invented. Fortunately, we now have legislators who seem to understand that.”(more)