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UEN: millions served, every day

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  • RWSmith6 Providence, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 11:50 a.m.

    Good article, Lee Benson. In a state not only rural for the most part but where communities are separated by distances too great for charter or private schools to be an option, interconnectedness is an imperative. The potential AND need for technological intervention is probably no greater anywhere else in the U.S. given Utah's perennial low per-pupil spending.

    One of the things people shouldn't lose sight of, however, is the importance in the lives and futures of our young of excellent teachers in person in their classrooms--well trained and motivated professionals, well compensated and supported in well equipped classrooms. I always feel sorry for those who obviously have never experienced enough of those kinds of teachers to change their lives in positive ways.

    Countries that are passing us by in international K-12 assessments have in common a huge training and financial commitment to instruction that dwarfs in its success rate what happens in too many of our states, Utah a noteworthy example where tax-aversion and short-sighted penury are annually trotted out in the guise of necessity. It costs our children dearly.