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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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Opinion Sampler: Back to school, kids. You, too, parents ...

Just when you thought it was time to dump the kiddos at school and let everything take care of itself.

Wrong!

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Back to school: Parents have a key role to play — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

For Utah, which has more kids as a percentage of its population than any other state, the end of August is much more like the beginning of a new year than is Jan. 1. It’s the time when those kids, or most of them, head back to classrooms, starting a new school year in a new grade, with new teachers and courses and, for some, different physical surroundings.

Back-to-school is a bittersweet time for parents. It’s fulfilling to see our children advance, but it’s also frightening to understand that they will encounter new challenges and daunting to know what a huge part parents play in everything children do. ...

Education success or failure? — David W. Smith | For The St. George Spectrum

... In addition to my role as a parent, I also taught public education for 16 years in three states: California, Arizona and Utah. I saw firsthand the cliché "The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree." In almost every case I could predict the degree of parental responsibility — or lack thereof — from observing the behavior of kids in my classroom. While I truly understand that every kid is different, the degree of parental involvement and attention to their kids’ education was keenly obvious in most cases. ...

A call to action as our children return to school — Timothy R. Clark | For the Deseret News

... It’s an unspeakable tragedy when the native optimism of a child is extinguished. The truth is that a child’s potential to learn is unknown and unknowable. If you talk to high school drop outs, you soon learn that it was seldom an event that caused them to drop out, but a gradual defeat. They gave up because they didn’t believe they could do it. Eventually the drip feeder of discouragement convinced them that nobody cared. ...

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Summer classes a boost for students — Santa Fe New Mexican Editorial

What a concept! The University of New Mexico has decided to make sure that students are prepared for college work — before they officially begin classes, not after. ...

Teacher evaluation system will boost education — Las Vegas Review-Journal Editorial

The state of Nevada will launch its first mandatory teacher evaluation system when the new school year begins next week. Such a program is long overdue. ...

Schools need creativity with the supply lists — Des Moines Register Editorial

Can't they buy in bulk at a cheaper price and then collect a small fee at registration?

School supplies, the tools of learning — Seattle Times Editorial

Guns come with plenty of early warning — Spokane Spokesman-Review Editorial

When middle and high school students in Spokane return from winter break in January, they’ll notice one change on campuses: The school resource officers will be armed with pistols. How Spokane Public Schools introduces this and other new security measures to parents and students will be an important part of their implementation. ...



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