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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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Top of Utah Voices: Panorama artists brought culture to small towns

Audrey Godfrey, Standard-Examiner
Feb 3 2014 - 2:56pm

Last month's column on panorama paintings and painters set the stage for today's column on Mormon panoramas done by two local artists.C.C.A. Christensen chose this unique method to document the history of the church he converted to in Denmark. Now in America, he painted large panels of scenes from his trip across the American plains with other...

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Top of Utah Voices: Utah will never be an alcohol culture

Kase Johnstun, Standard-Examiner
Jan 27 2014 - 2:16pm

On Upper Mount Street, in Dublin, Ireland, in 2001, the CEO of The Consumer's Association of Ireland and publisher of Consumer Choice Magazine walked through the 10-foot tall, wooden door, closed the door behind him, and walked over to my desk. He had been my boss for half a day, he had met me in the morning, he had given me the tour, and then he...

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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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