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Student-centered or subject-centered education?

Lynn Stoddard, Standard-Examiner
May 7 2014 - 9:46am

Educators have talked for years about having a "student-centered" education system. Some charter and private schools claim to feature it. Do they really have it? What is the difference between a student-centered system and a subject-centered one?At the present time, Utah and other states have a subject-based system of public education. It is...

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So, are there different degrees of hell, heaven?

Doug Gibson, Standard-Examiner
May 2 2014 - 11:38am

I read a fascinating piece from a website,, on hell. It was titled, "Are There Different Levels of Hell and Heaven." (here) Frankly, the part about hell interested me more. I think that's human nature; most of us are fascinated with hell, a place we're more or less certain we will avoid. As for heaven, yeah, we're...

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McGuffey (Reader) visited early Draper

Audrey Godfrey, Standard-Examiner
May 2 2014 - 11:36am

During the winter of 1859-60, William Holmes McGuffey, who was gaining fame for his readers for young people, visited a one-room adobe school in the small settlement of Willow Creek (Draper) in the Salt Lake Valley. His 10-day visit caused little notice in the territory, but for the teacher, Thomas V. Williams, it must have been an exciting...

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Lies, damned lies, and statistics

Joel Dickson, Standard-Examiner
May 2 2014 - 11:34am

When I did my undergraduate studies in econometrics at Weber State way back in the 70s, I was the only student in most of my upper division courses. I would meet one on one with the professors in their offices as there was no need to take up limited classroom resources for just one student. When I graduated from Weber State in econometrics, I was...

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Factors creating a lack of competitive elections

Rick Jones, Standard-Examiner
May 1 2014 - 10:51am

It's a rare event when a politician candidly informs a political convention that his motive is to help millionaires. But it happened here recently. At the Weber County Republican convention, County Commissioner Kerry Gibson proclaimed: "Let's save the millionaires some money and elect James Ebert as our next Weber County Commissioner."In the...

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Military Update: Ex-commisary chief warns cuts could topple resale system

Standard-Examiner, Tom Philpott
May 1 2014 - 9:18am

A retired Army sergeant first class living in Northeast El Paso, Texas, says he and his wife will stop shopping on Fort Bliss if the Department of Defense, as planned, allows commissary prices to climb within 10 percent of local grocers."I am not the only one here who thinks the same way," said Louis Lindemann. "By the time we pay for gas alone,...

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National Nurses Week: A time to return the care

Jamie Wankier, Standard-Examiner
May 1 2014 - 9:10am

National Nurses Week begins Tuesday and ends on Florence Nightingale's birthday, May 12; the week affords the perfect opportunity to celebrate and say thanks to the nurses in our lives.Gone are the days when nurses wear white hats; instead, with the advances both in medicine and technology in the 21st century, nurses wear many different hats. In a...

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Wrong to push religion in public schools

Gregory A. Clark, Standard-Examiner contributor
Apr 29 2014 - 1:04pm

Once again, Utah's educators are pushing religion in public schools. There is no excuse for such illegal and harmful activities.It's not that hard to understand, folks. The Utah State Constitution plainly states, "There shall be no union of Church and State. ... No public money or property shall be appropriated for or applied to any religious...

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