Education

“I am LDS and a public school teacher, and I want more moderate views represented in
the Utah Legislature.” – Valerie L. from Farmington, UT

“I believe jobs are tied to education.” - Doneta G. from Layton, UT

“I am a teacher. I have been teaching for 15 years. I knew from the time I was young that I wanted to be a teacher. My Partiarchal Blessing talks about me teaching and serving mankind. I believe education is the most valuable resources we have. I live in Utah and my children attend public schools. I have long thought there should be a head tax — people should pay to educate each of their children.” – Kristin H. from West Jordan. UT

“Education is the only way to allow full opportunity to all people. Everyone deserves the right to a college education, no matter their background.” - Kyle J. from Salt Lake City, UT

“Education should be our number 1 priority. More money for teachers, programs and reducing class sizes.” - Dennis E. from Salt Lake City, UT

“Education is the foundation of any successful republic. It is necessary to secure our freedom, prosperity, and equality. Education is the great equalizer, and provides opportunities for success to poor, minorities, and immigrants like no other institution can.” - Russel from Orem, UT

“Everyone should have access to quality education.” - Kyle J. from Salt Lake City, UT

“We feel blessed that my husband and I went to college and he graduated at Weber State University where our two daughters also went to. Our kids had grants, so we’re very grateful for financial aid. Great to see diversity on the campuses with more Native American, African-American, Latino, and other ethnic minority students. I support the Dream Act and opportunities for all to earn a degree and have great careers.” - Jo Lynne H. from Ogden, UT
“Any investment in education is an investment in our future. I do think that teachers should be held accountable, but not on test scores alone. If an already disadvantaged group gets bad test scores, should their teacher be fired or get bad reviews?” – Samuel R. from Logan, UT
“Educational excellence is the only way to invest in our future. I support educational investment at every level – pre-K, gradeschool, highschool, tradeschool, community colleges, university.
I plan to teach at a local community college during my retirement years as some modest way to give-back, assuming they will have me.” - Hubert S. from Sandy, UT

“It may take a village to raise a child BUT it takes an entire community focused on education to truely educate our next generation. They need mentors from the community to encourage them, show them the way, provide the things the schools can’t (technology, actual work experience stories, help with current curriculum needs) and good parental supervision all through the student’s school years – not just into high school but through college days and beyond, both financial support and parental support, supervision, monitoring, the WHOLE PACKAGE!
We also need to give raises to teachers to give teaching its rightful place in society … not the one-notch above a babysitter, but a true professional (with professional wages and respect), a trained TEACHER, someone who cares for our children, who teaches our children, who helps train our next generation … so WE can live happy and better lives, so our children can live happy and better lives, so we ALL can live happy and better lives!!!” – Greg D. from Provo, UT
“We are letting our children spend too much time in primary and secondary education and not giving them enough time in vocational education. We put more value on team sports than we do on team technology. Paradoxically, we are also over-emphasizing passing tests in reading, math, and science (i.e. No Child Left Behind) at the expense of teaching ethics, history, and government. Yet, the most logical reasons to have public education are to ensure that our citizens can read, that they know our history, that they share the ideals of our form of government and its constitution, and that they behave ethically in our society. More money spent on public education should reduce the amount of money required to operate prisons. Corporations and businesses should be expected to contribute more than they do to education in the vocational, technical, and science subjects.” - C.H. W. from Layton, UT

“Education goes beyond attending school. This past election cycle, I walked through our legislative district. I was surprised at how poorly informed our citizens are about how our government works – the divisions of power between the three branches of government etc. There is value in the areas of humanities although this isn’t something tied to a job, it is an area that enriches lives.” - Doneta H. from Layton

“Education is the key to stay ahead in the global economy and private education is too expensive for most Americans. This in an essestial function of government and democracy: to help educate its citizenry.” – Chris J. from South Salt Lake

“Our Latter-day Saint ancestors believed in the value of education so much, they made it among the first priorities of anywhere they went.  We remember the University of Deseret or the Church College of New Zealand or the first schools in south Davis County in 1848 (one year after settlements!), but recognize that those early efforts were subsumed—gladly—by public education.  We are commanded to “seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning.”  Let’s choose leaders who follow that counsel personally, and put forward policies that allow all children and adults do so as well.” – Brett G. of Centerville, UT