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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Fraughton Photography President of The Utah Eagle Forum, Gayle Ruzicka voices her concerns about the Utah Core Standards at a public forum held at the Granite District board room. Thursday, April 26, 2012
Editorial sampler: Common Core and other education issues ...

- Children lose out: Common Core is misunderstood - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

It is a mistake for the State Board of Education to yield to a group of conservative lawmakers and other Utahns of the same ilk instead of standing up for what’s best for schoolchildren.

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Sadly, the board has decided to withdraw from a consortium of states that is working to develop tests based on Common Core Standards for American public-school students. The standards for what children at each grade level should know and understand would make comparisons among states more meaningful and raise the bar for all schools. ...

... The argument that Utah values are somehow higher or more pure than those in other states is simply bunk. ...

- Targeted higher education - Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

... We are certainly not knocking higher education, but it’s a fact that many college graduates, or even new lawyers, are waiting tables simply because today’s economy is not ready to provide them job satisfaction. Today’s young adults need to choose the right degree — one that will get them a job. That needs to be the highest priority for those who need to start supporting themselves and their families. ...

- A new conversation - Las Vegas Sun Editorial

Nevada’s education system recently received a double whammy of negative attention that shouldn’t be lost in the midst of summer vacation. ...

- A too-early start for schoolchildren - Santa Fe New Mexican Editorial

The start of school is just around the corner — and we have to say, mid-August is too early to begin the educational year. We understand the reasoning. Public school officials want to pack in as much learning as possible before the all-important testing in the spring.

Phooey. August is still summer, and summer is too hot to be sitting in stuffy, un-air conditioned rooms trying to focus on poetry or physics. ...

- Teacher Merit Pay: What's the Answer? - Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News

- As stupidity becomes fashionable, we all lose - Bruce Maiman, for The Sacramento Bee



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