To: Francis Gibson, Lowry Snow, Patrice Arent, Richard Cunningham, Steve Eliason, Greg Hughes, Brad Last, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, Jim Nielson, Val Peterson, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Dean Sanpei, Keven John Stratton,
Subject: HB 342
Date: Thu Feb 20 20:20:10 MST 2014
Within any type of organization, centralized or decentralized, there are two types of information that decision makers need in order to make optimal decisions: data and local knowledge. Data is defined by Mirriam-Webster Dictionary as, “factual information (as measurements or statistics) used as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or calculation.” Data is collected from observations or historical results which affect an organization, data is transferable through information systems—it is easy to transmit measurements, statistics, and factual information through the use of technology and information systems. On the other hand, local knowledge comes from personal experience while interacting with a certain region; local knowledge leads to intuition and is constantly changing due to intimate, local contact with scenarios and individuals. Local knowledge is valuable and non-transferrable; it is more difficult to electronically transfer local knowledge through information systems to others within an organization because personal experience is not so easily captured in quantifiable measurements or statistics (Anand and Mendelson 1999). The study of local knowledge suggests that decision makers who are more intimately aware of situations should be empowered to make decisions in difficult circumstances because local leaders are more knowledgeable of local needs.
Therefore, I implore you to pass HB 342 so that State leaders can write educational standards for our children, because they have both local knowledge and data--which will lead to more optimal decisions for our children and the future education of Utah.