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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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Top of Utah Voices: A place to which our kids will come back

Kase Johnstun, Standard-Examiner
Apr 21 2014 - 12:56pm

Kym Buttschardt, co-owner (along with her husband Peter) of Roosters and the Union Grill at Historic Union Station, stood out front of Roosters on Historic 25th Street in Ogden and talked. She pointed to the building next to her and said, "That was a halfway house when we first moved in here."Then she pointed to the other side of street and said...

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Top of Utah Voices: Looking back on Common Core

Michael Vaughan, Standard-Examiner
Apr 14 2014 - 2:31pm

The Common Core curriculum is being discussed in editorial columns, debated on talk radio and lampooned by late-night talk show hosts. The harshest critics of the Common Core feel that it is a socialist-tinged effort to usurp local authority and impose a curriculum designed by the federal government.I have to say that I am a bit surprised by the...

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Top of Utah Voices: Ottogary, a special correspondent

Audrey Godfrey, Standard-Examiner
Apr 4 2014 - 1:39pm

Not everyone longs to be a correspondent to a newspaper, but one unusual man wrote for five papers in Northern Utah in the early nineteenth century. This man's unique abilities might not fit the role of most correspondents. You see, Willie Ottogary was a Northwest Shoshone who lived in Washakie near Portage, Utah.Willie was born in Mantua, Utah in...

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MOOCs and ‘Mad Men’

Michael Vaughan, Standard-Examiner
Mar 17 2014 - 2:03pm

Many believe that technology offers the remedy for many of the problems facing both public and higher education. The recent legislative proposal to buy every Utah K-12 student an iPad is just one variation on the theme that technology is the panacea for education. In higher education circles, the technological redeemer de jour is the Massive Open...

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Head bumps

Audrey Godfrey, Standard-Examiner
Feb 28 2014 - 2:24pm

Elizabeth Treherne Griffin who arrived in Utah in 1866 settled in Clarkson, Utah. Before her journey she studied phrenology under the tutorship of Dr. Orson Fowler, a famous practitioner of the "science." She often amused others by telling what the bumps and dips on people's heads indicated. One of the men in town, after seeing her perform,...

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Top of Utah Voices: Sometimes, the world is just evil

Kase Johnstun, Standard-Examiner
Feb 24 2014 - 1:56pm

About one week before the little girl from Springfield, Mo., was kidnapped, killed, and left to be found by the police, the rains hit Northern Utah. The rain, because of the warm front that pushed across the Wasatch Front, melted the thick sheets of hardened snow and ice that had turned brown and had concreted out lawns. One morning during...

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Top of Utah Voices: A lesson from the Olympics

Michael Vaughan, Standard-Examiner
Feb 17 2014 - 2:05pm

I've been a fan of the Olympics since I was a pre-teen. My interest was heightened when I had the opportunity to attend several events during the 2002 games. Since 2002, I have contented myself by watching the games on television. I follow the Olympic games for the same reason most sports fans watch; to draw upon the cliche, I watch to see the "...

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