Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Dayton's insecurity
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The story "Utah scholarship bill stalls amid debate on IB international study program" (Tribune, Feb. 15) got me curious about the International Baccalaureate program and Sen. Margaret Dayton's inexplicable hostility to it.

So I went to IB's website. In its mission statement I perhaps found my answer: IB's "programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right."

Could it be that Dayton doesn't believe that other people, with their differences, can also be right? That she finds the very idea so threatening that she will do everything in her power to sabotage IB's operations in Utah and to tarnish its reputation by branding it "anti-American"?

Such anti-intellectual McCarthyism is disappointing in our elected leaders. I am confident that most other Utahns are secure enough in their beliefs and their identities to respect cultural difference and critical thinking, as IB encourages.

Shane Graham

North Logan

Article Tools

 Print Friendly
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.