State school board member concerned that legislators misunderstand technology in the classroom

She hates to say it but Utah State School Board member Tami Pyfer believes some Utah legislators just don’t like public education and, in her opinion, some of them are working to dismantle public education.”And some ideas that they bring out I think are worthy ideas and things we need to start looking more at,” Pyfer says. “They have virtual high schools and they have online classes, and we should be doing more of those with our high school students. “But I think that a lot of times they inappropriately take that technology and think that if I put a kindergartener in front of a computer with a reading program they’re going to learn to read.” On KVNU’s For the People program Monday, Pyfer said that is simply not the answer for everybody and she wishes she could get some of the lawmakers into a classroom and see how the students interact with technology. Pyfer is also concerned about the fact that some legislators want to do away with the Utah School for the Deaf and the Blind in order to save money. She says those students have to be educated somewhere and they will probably go into the local districts where it will actually turn out to be more expensive than it is now.

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