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Letter: Teachers, not technology, are most important in education
First Published Feb 13 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Feb 13 2014 01:01 am

To whom do you trust your children’s future: the Legislature, whose leadership balks at discussing a sustainable education funding plan, or teachers, who’ve devoted lifetimes to nurturing, inspiring and teaching Utah’s youth?

If it’s teachers you trust to make the most well-informed decisions in the classroom, it’s time to unite in a message to our governor and legislators: Provide adequate funding for our children, and allow educators to decide on the best ways to educate.

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People outside of education have no business telling professionals with degrees in education how to teach, just as people with degrees in education have no business telling doctors how to perform surgery. Somebody’s going to make a truckload of money on Rep. Becky Lockhart’s idea to put iPads in kids’ hands, though the correlation to student outcomes is undetermined ("Utah considers all-out attack on schools’ digital divide," Tribune, Feb. 9). Conversely, research is unequivocal about the positive impact of first-rate teachers on student outcomes.

Let educators have the voice in education practice, and demand legislators do what Utah’s Constitution requires: " … provide for the … maintenance of the state’s education systems." I respectfully request that legislators fund public education — with the effort and investment of surrounding states — and step aside so teachers can do their jobs.

Judy Mahoskey


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